City of Lawrenceville Mayor and Council voted to adopt the city’s $172-million annual budget during the monthly council meeting. The new budget represents a 17% increase over the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget of $147-million due to increased capital expenditures, inflationary costs (particularly for natural gas and fuel), and salary/staffing increases. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget will focus on investments in three key areas – Personnel, Capital Investments, and Strategic Planning. The city’s fiscal year begins July 1 and keeps the current millage rate unchanged at 2.228 mills.
“Each year, I continue to be amazed by the efficiency and critical planning expended by city staff to secure the future of the City of Lawrenceville,” stated Mayor David Still. “As our City continues to grow, a sound financial plan ensures Lawrenceville will flourish and move forward according to our strategic plan.”
Chief Financial Officer Keith Lee made the FY2023 budget presentation that incorporates investment in human capital with the inclusion of $2.1-million (salary and benefits) for an employee market salary adjustment to all staff; $452,000 to create five total new positions in the Police Department, Human Resources, Public Works, and Planning & Development; and funding to create an employee residency incentive. The budget also includes expanding the successful police co-responder program, Project F.I.R.S.T.
Additional highlights of the FY2023 budget include $18.3 million invested in capital assets, which include roads, electric grid, natural gas distribution, stormwater system, public safety, and facility maintenance and improvement.
The new budget also includes a special focus on Strategic Planning Documents, including the creation of an Election Outreach Strategic Plan, Citywide Future Land Use Plan, Citywide Comprehensive Transportation Plan, Citywide Stormwater Master Plan, and a Citywide Housing Needs Assessment.
“Our three central budget initiatives are key to the continuing success of our city and support the budgetary vision of Mayor and Council, who speak for the community,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “Investing in human capital through market salary adjustments and creation of new positions for our growing city ensures competitive compensation to attract and retain top talent in all departments.”
The city has also funded the second year of the ReCAST Program from federal funds with a $1-million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). ReCAST connects and empowers Lawrenceville youth and families to build a strong community.
For additional details and to view the full budget presentation, visit the agendas and minutes section of the city website. Visit Open Checkbook, the city’s financial transparency site, for details on city expenses.
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