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Photo 1, Left to Right: David Still – Councilman, Keith Roche – Councilman, Victoria Jones – Councilwoman, Judy Jordan Johnson – Mayor, Bob Clark – Councilman and Chuck Warbington – City Manager
City of Lawrenceville Mayor and Council voted to adopt the City’s annual $167-million budget during their monthly public meeting on June 3, 2019. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget will focus investment in four key areas - – service efficiency, development/redevelopment, infrastructure and human capital investment.
Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson stated, “The City of Lawrenceville has one of the largest municipal budgets in the state of Georgia and that is a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly as the elected body of the people. I am proud of the work that both staff and our Finance Committee have done to efficiently plan for our future within this budget cycle while diligently being mindful of where public dollars are invested and we look forward to delivering on much needed services in this coming year.”
The FY2020 budget presentation highlighted a few key points. This year’s budget assumes no millage rate increase over the previous year. Staff leaders also noted that in this budget, $1-million would be set aside to support improved service efficiencies such as standardized garbage-collection carts for all residents as well as new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. In addition, the City will break ground on some strategic redevelopment projects including the $31-million Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center (LPAC) funded through SPLOST and Revenue Bonds and will focus another $7.5-million on infrastructure projects along Stone Mountain Street, the Five Forks Trickum corridor and the next phase of the College Corridor to connect Georgia Gwinnett to the Historic Downtown Square.
“Our goal as staff is to support the vision of Mayor and Council because they speak for the community,” added City Manager Chuck Warbington. “This budget will diligently utilize the funds we receive from our enterprises, property tax and general fees to invest back into support services essential to keeping our residents and businesses safe, our neighborhoods clean and our growth sustainable for years to come.”
The Financial Citizens Review Committee was commended for its diligence to help the City maintain full transparency in the budgeting process as well as providing strategic recommendation to staff and Council for how City funds should be allocated. Now adopted, the FY2020 budget will go into effect July 1, 2019. For more details and to view the presentation given at the public meeting, please visit the agendas and minutes section of the website here.