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City approves budget
Employees receive an increase
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It’s been almost three decades since the city of Dawsonville had a property tax increase.


Mayor Joe Lane Cox hopes that accomplishment continues for another 29 years.


“We’re all proud of that. Some of the other little cities have had to assess a property tax when they haven’t had to before,” Cox said Monday night when the Dawsonville City Council adopted its 2010/2011 budget.


The $1.15 million budget does not allow for any additional employees, but does include a cost of living increase for the city’s seven full time and one part time employees.


“We’ve had to lay some people off, and our staff has had to assume those positions and additional responsibilities, and I feel they need to be compensated,” Cox said Tuesday morning.


City employees had not received raises in the last three years, he said.


The council unanimously approved the budget, which was first presented in April.


The 2010/2011 budget is down slightly, about $7,500, from last year.