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Dawsonville City Council approves 2022-23 budget
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During the June 20 meeting of the Dawsonville City Council, council members voted to approve the 2022-23 city budget totaling just over $21.5 million. 

The $21,570,934 budget includes $3,314,251 in general funding, which covers mayor and council member salaries, salaries and benefits for city administration, planning and zoning and road department personnel, and city hall and city park maintenance. 

The council and the public first heard the proposed budget at the council’s May 16 meeting, where Finance Administrator Robin Gazaway presented the total budget and breakdown of what the funding will go to. In her budget presentation, Gazaway noted the seemingly huge difference in the budget’s total from last year’s budget of $5.3 million. 

“It really looks bad, the increase that we’re asking for, but 90 percent of this is just for the wastewater treatment plant,” Gazaway explained, “so 11 million dollars is going to that and another almost four million is the ARPA grant money we’ll be spending.” 

The amount allotted for the new wastewater treatment plant, she said, would cover its licensing, design, finance and starting its construction. This project is reflected on the budget as part of the capital outlay and enterprise funding. 

“It really looks like a huge, huge increase but it’s not on our general everyday budget; it’s not increased that much,” Gazaway said. 

According to Gazaway’s budget presentation, besides the wastewater treatment plant other expenditures for the 2022-23 fiscal year will include road and sidewalk work, improvements and additions to Main Street Park, improvements to City Hall, equipment for the Public Works department and the utilities department and salaries, among other things. 

In addition to the $3,314,251 in general funding, the total budget includes $2,057,683 in enterprise funding, $10,471,000 in capital outlay funding, $3,700,400 in ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding, $1,643,000 in SPLOST 6 and 7 funding, $29,400 in Downtown Development Authority funding, $230,200 in garbage department funding, $119,000 in cemetery funding and $6,000 in hotel-motel tax. 

The new budget will go into effect for the 2022-23 fiscal year, which will begin on July 1, 2022 and end on June 30, 2023. The full budget can be viewed on the city’s website. 

Council members voted unanimously to approve the 2022-23 budget.