The Dawsonville city council recently voted to
approve its 2018-2019 budget, which will take effect July 1.
The $5.7 million budget is an increase of $726,778 over the 2017-2018 budget.
The city has budgeted $1.3 million in SPLOST VI expenditures, with roads and sidewalks, the farmers market project and Main Street Park as the biggest expenditures.
Improvements are also in the books for city hall, including a storage building, new HVAC units, a security badge system, replacing the awning, painting the upstairs, landscaping near Hwy. 53 and furnishing the J.L. Cox meeting room.
The public works department has budgeted for a diesel fueling station, emergency lights for vehicles, sidewalks that extend from Shoal Creek Road to Rainhill to Hwy. 9 as well as sidewalks that span from Robinson Elementary School to Hwy. 9, a winter weather equipment storage facility, replacement of street barricades and plans to work on a rock wall and paving at the cemetery.
The city’s utility department has a few projects planned, with funds going towards a sewage expansion plan, replacing water lines, stabilizing the bank at one of the sewage ponds and upgrading the filter system at well 108.
In addition to that, the city is working to develop parking and a public restroom for downtown for future food truck events as well as the Mountain Moonshine Festival and other events.
Citizens can also expect a website redesign, and the city is working on creating city newcomer packets for all new residents.
Employees will also see benefits of the larger budget.
One new position has been approved, a part-time permit/license technician, as well as a cost of living raise for all employees. Public works and utility staff will look forward to a competitive pay rate, and substantial training for all departments is also on the list.