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City of Cumming OKs final 2018 budget
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The city of Cumming’s budget is set for 2018.

At the city council’s last meeting of the year, the group unanimously approved the total proposed budget for 2018 at $35.2 million.

In his final meeting, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said his successor, Mayor-elect Troy Brumbalow, and the city council, which will gain two new members in Jason Evans and Chad Crane, will have the option to change it. 

“Obviously, this budget will be for a new administration coming in,” Gravitt said. “They may want to change it, they will have that option, but this is the budget all the department heads worked on, all the staff worked on, I worked on with the council. So, this is the budget that has been proposed.”

A public hearing for the budget was held on Dec. 5, though there were no speakers present. 

The budget is broken down into general, water and sewer and capital project funds. The 2018 budget estimates $14.3 million for the general fund, $20.5 million for waters and sewer fund and $440,000 for capital funds.

The numbers are up slightly from last year’s budget of $33.4 million and 2016’s $31.2 million budget.

Among the largest projected expenditures for 2018 are $10 million for capital improvements related to water and sewer; $4.5 million for distribution of water and sewer; $3 million for water and sewer production; and $2.3 million for the Cumming Police Department.

The highest revenues are for $10 million for water sales; 6.5 million for sewer charges; and $8.3 million from administrative sources.