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City schedules public hearing for proposed $35.2 million budget
City Hall

City of Cumming residents will soon have a chance to give input on the city's proposed 2018 budget.

Mayor Ford Gravitt said at Tuesday's Cumming City Council meeting a public hearing on the proposed 2018 budget will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 5. It will be up for approval at the council's Dec. 19 meeting.

“They've been working on this for about the last three months, and we have a budget that is a little bit over $35 million for next year,” Gravitt said.

The proposed budget total is $35.2 million.

At the meeting, Gravitt gave a copy to council members for review.

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.