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Review the proposed 2020 city budget

May 30, 2019 — Gainesville City Manager Bryan Lackey presented the City Council with his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget includes annual operational expenses for the city government, plans for multi-year construction projects, and funding sources to create a balanced budget. 

Click here watch a video and learn more about the proposed budget. 

The property tax rate for 2020 is slated to be slightly less than 2019, because the taxable value of property in the city limits has increased. The new rate, which must be approved by the City Council along with the budget, is proposed to be 3.322 mills (a .042 mill decrease). In other words, a Gainesville property owner would pay approximately $332.20 in city taxes per $100,000 of taxable value.

Property taxes make up 12 percent of the total revenue that is used to provide essential city services such as police and fire protection, park maintenance, street repairs and upkeep, and business services.

“Because of the new construction in the city limits, assessed property values are going up. That is a good thing for property owners,” Lackey said. “As a result, the city was able to roll back the property tax rate while maintaining the same total amount of propety tax revenue.”

“I’m glad to see us moving forward and keeping our tax rates low,” Mayor Danny Dunagan said.

The public is invited to review the proposed budget at https://www.gainesville.org/financial-services/budget/ or in person at the Financial Services Department, City Administrative Building, 300 Henry Ward Way. Comments may be submitted through the website, by messaging @GainesvilleGeorgiaGovernment on Facebook, or attending the public hearing on June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway. All City Council meeting videos are published the same day at www.gainesville.org and on Facebook.

The Gainesville City Council will vote on the proposed budget and millage rate on June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Justice Center.