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Cumming council closing in on 2015 budget
Final approval set for Dec. 16
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Other action

Also during its meeting Tuesday night, the Cumming City Council:

* Agreed to buy eight new vehicles for about $151,211.

* Awarded a bid for three pumps at the Settingdown Creek Pump Station to Sol Construction of Atlanta for about $1.4 million.

* Accepted Gainesville-based Strickland and Sons Pipeline Inc.’s bid for about $2.5 million to build the Settingdown Creek force main.

* Approved the bid for construction of the recreation building and conference center at City Park to Cumming Development for about $3.2 million.

 

Note: All votes were 5-0.

 

-- Kelly Whitmire

CUMMING — No one spoke Tuesday night as the City Council held a hearing on Cumming’s proposed budget for 2015.

The spending plan totals nearly $28.1 million, about an $800,000 increase from last year. A final vote on the budget is set for Dec. 16.

“There are not a lot of major changes,” said City Administrator Gerald Blackburn. “The reason that it’s gone up since last year is that last year it was kind of winding down.

“The economy had dropped over a three year period, then even over the last calendar year … it picked back up substantially.”

The largest change in expenditures is capital improvements for water and sewer, which rose from about $4.7 million in 2014 to about $6.6 million in 2015. The change is offset by water and sewer revenue and can be attributed to county growth.

“That’s what you’re looking at in the capital improvements’ increase is that money,” Blackburn said. “Maybe people will keep coming and buying water meters and needing lines and so on.”

The largest sources of income for the city will come from selling water, at $9.25 million, which is the same as last year, and administrative revenue at about $7.9 million. Sewer charges will also bring in about $4 million, and the fairgrounds nearly $1.3 million.

The second and third largest expenditures are water and sewer distribution, at about $3.5 million, and production, about $2.4 million. Costs with wastewater will total about $2.3 million, and the police department about $2.1 million.

The total expenditures for water and sewer are projected at nearly $15 million, and the general fund at about $13.1 million.