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Cumming City Council approves 2019 budget
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The Cumming City Council unanimously approved the city’s total proposed budget for 2019 of $36,724,400 at its Tuesday meeting.

The budget is broken down into three categories: general, water and sewer and capital project funds. The 2019 budget estimates $14.3 million for the general fund, $22.4 million for the water and sewer fund and $588,871 for capital funds.

The first budget decided on during the tenure of Mayor Troy Brumbalow and city councilmembers Chad Crane and Jason Evans is projected to increase by $1,906,500, or 5.48 percent, from last year’s budget of $34,817,900.

Much of that increase is related to greater water and sewer usage, according to Cumming City Administrator Phil Higgins. The highest revenue source in the proposed 2019 budget is $11 million for water sales, up from $10 million in 2018.

“I would say it’s simply due to growth and a good economy,” Higgins said. “… More people using more water and sewer.”

Among the other highest revenues are $8.39 million from administrative sources and $7 million for sewer charges.

Among the largest projected expenditures for 2019 are $11.2 million for capital improvements related to water and sewer; $4.6 million for distribution of water and sewer; $3.2 million for water and sewer production; $3.1 million related to waste water, $2.43 million for the Cumming Police Department and $2.07 million for parks and recreation.