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Proposed city budget up $400,000 from current year
Downtown revitalization, park account for greatest capital expenses
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The park going in behind the Dawsonville Municipal Complex and plans to continue with a downtown revitalization project top capital expenses in the city's proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

"The proposed park and revitalization of the downtown area will be the biggest capital projects we have for 2016-2017," said City Manager David Headley. "These projects will be supported by [special purpose local option sales tax] and general fund dollars."

Funds are also being set aside to make improvements to the city's waste water treatment plant.

There are no new positions included in the proposed budget.

Up a little more than $400,000 from the current year, Dawsonville council members are expected to vote on the $4.5 million spending plan during its June 20 meeting, following the second of two required public hearings.

"The increase will account for SPLOST V funds which have been accounted for. Increased revenue from water and sewer rates and increased water and sewer tap projections," Headley said.

No one spoke in opposition or in favor of the proposed budget during the first public hearing on June 6.

Continuing its tradition of no city taxes for its residents, the city council voted in May to roll back the millage rate to zero for budgetary planning purposes, according to City Clerk Bonnie Warne.

"I will fill out the official form and send it in once I receive the tax digest number from the tax commissioner in August," she said. "The council will vote officially then with the actual rollback millage rate number."

A mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. Assessed value is 40 percent of actual market value.

Governments determine millage rates by calculating the dollar amount needed to fund general operations for the year.

Dawsonville residents still must pay county property taxes, but the last municipal property tax was more than 30 years ago, according to city records.

There has been no change for city property owners since then, aside from any fluctuations they may have experienced after the county reassessed values.