Acworth’s new budget freezes hiring

Acworth city officials plan to freeze capital purchases and projects and hiring during the new fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, 2021. (Courtesy of Acworth)
Acworth city officials plan to freeze capital purchases and projects and hiring during the new fiscal year from July 1 to June 30, 2021. (Courtesy of Acworth)

While the city budget is expected to increase by four percent, Acworth city officials are freezing hiring along with capital projects and purchases.

The Acworth Board of Aldermen made this decision recently.

The new budget year for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) will take effect on July 1 through June 30, 2021.

This year’s FY20 original budgeted expenses were $16.6 million, according to Alex Almodovar, assistant to Acworth City Manager Brian Bulthuis, in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For FY21, proposed budget expenses are $17.3 million with a four percent increase.

“Acworth - like all cities, counties and the state - expect that some revenues will be lower due to the COVID-19 crisis,” Almodovar said.

“The city will be carefully watching as revenues come in and monitoring expenses and expects that the budget will have to be amended as the year progresses and the city gets a better handle on trends,” Almodovar added.

Since the city will not receive the assessed values from Cobb County until the end of June, then the city will determine the millage rate and hold public hearings on the millage rate in mid-July, he added.

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