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Cumming Approves $24.6 Million 2013 Budget

The multi-million dollar 2013 budget was approved on Tuesday night.

In its final meeting before the Christmas holiday, Cumming City Council unanimously approved its 2013 budget of $24,675,900, which reflects about an $8,200 decrease from last year.

The primary reason for the decrease is that very little capital projects expected in the new year, according to City Clerk Jeff Honea.

"The courthouse and jail will be going on but that's not really a city project," he said. "We don't have anything big going on within the city."

The spending plan includes, $12.5 million for the water and sewer department, a general fund of $11.1 million that will cover projected expenses such as administrative costs, planning zone, parks and recreation, garbage service, the fairgrounds and the aquatic center.

Also included in the budget is a projected $1 million in SPLOST (the one-cent sales tax) funding and projected operating expenses totaling $745,250 for site improvements, buildings, equipment and vehicles.

In other business, council unanimously approved the following items:

The 2012 budget was amended due to a change in the final total of the general fund. Total revenues and expenditures came to $11,440,800.

A public hearing was held regarding the request of a zoning application for Epiphany Orthodox Christian School that will eventually be located at 514 West Maple Street in downtown Cumming. The 4,500 square foot school expects to begin preschool classes in Spring 2013.

Three beer and wine package sales licenses for Country Corner Citgo, Chevron Food Mart and In & Out Grocery.

A bid of $37,483 from Wade Ford for the purchase of a new dump truck, a bid of $44,023 from Bobcat of Atlanta for the purchase of a mini-excavator, a bid of $3,805 and $7,139 from Border Equipment Company for the purchase of a 20 foot trailer and replacement trailer, respectively.

A bid of $12,000 from Applied Spectrometry PDH for the purchase of a phosphorus monitor for wastewater.

An offer by the city to sell PLM Associates 72 acres located on Lanier 400 Parkway and Pilgrim Mill Road was accepted by the developer. Council unanimously approved the real estate acquisition.

The following announcements were also made:

City Hall will be closed for Christmas on Dec. 24 and 25, and on New Year's Day, Jan. 1.

Branson on the Road will perform at the Cumming Playhouse Dec. 28 - 31 with two performances on New Year's Eve.

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Hal Schneider December 20, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Does anyone else ponder on the fact that the county, who serves 175,000+ residents, has a budget of about $92 million, while the city, who serves 5,400 residents, has a budget of $24.6 million?

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