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City budget approved
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On Monday night the Dawsonville City Council unanimously approved the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes a capital project loan for improvements to the waste water treatment plant.

Improvements to the existing waste water facility will be paid for through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan. The loan applied for is $745,000.

The project will include the construction of an additional 800,000 gallon aeration pond, according to City Clerk Bonnie Warne.

The city's $4.5 million budget for the next fiscal year is up $400,000 from the current year and includes plans for the park behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex, as well as a downtown revitalization project.

Those two projects are the largest of the capital projects proposed for 2016-2017, according to City Manager David Headley.

The park plans and those for the revitalization project are supported by a special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) and general fund dollars.

"There are no new positions included in the proposed budget," said Headley.

Monday night was the second of two required public hearings on the budget.

No one spoke either in favor of or opposition to the proposed budget prior to the vote.