Gainesville budget invests in transportation, public safety

May 31, 2018 – The City of Gainesville's proposed 2019 budget focuses on keeping up with tremendous economic growth, maintaining excellent customer service and public safety, and improving transportation throughout the city. 


The proposed budget is available for public review at https://www.gainesville.org/financial-services and at the Finance Department, 300 Henry Ward Way, Gainesville. An informational video about the proposed budget can be viewed on the TV18 cable channel or online.


For a second year, city departments have cut operational spending. However, the city must make long-term investments in transportation and personnel – particularly public safety – to keep up with the booming economy, according to City Manager Bryan Lackey.


"Gainesville is thriving. The city government must adjust to accommodate that growth and make the necessary investments to maintain a high quality of life for our citizens," Lackey said. 


If the Gainesville City Council adopts the city manager's proposed budget, property owners would see a 0.5-mill increase on their tax bills next year. The property tax rate increase would generate an additional $2.3 million in revenue, the majority of which will fund the design of capital projects such as the Dawsonville Highway connector, Highlands to Islands Trail, Green Street Roundabouts, and Park Hill Drive improvements. 


"The community has consistently told us that traffic is a problem in Gainesville, so the city plans to ramp up spending on traffic solutions," Lackey said. "In addition, employee retention is critical to public safety and good customer service. We recommend investing in our existing employees rather than growing the size of the government." 


Public input is welcome at a hearing on June 5 or by submitting comments through the city website. City Council is scheduled to vote on the budget and millage rate on June 19. The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2018.


Budget timeline:                                                       

Public hearing
June 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Gainesville Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Pkwy.


City Council budget approval
June 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Gainesville Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Pkwy.