Alpharetta advances $113M budget

The Alpharetta City Council has approved on first reading a $113 million budget and leaving the millage rate unchanged at 5.750 for the 2017 fiscal year.

The items will return for a second and final Council vote June 20.

The budget maintains the city’s $40,000 homestead exemption, and service levels for citizens and businesses will continue as before, officials said. The property tax digest is expected grow by 4 percent, boosted in part by such new development as Avalon.

Overall expenditures of the general fund will rise by 3.8 percent. There’s money for employee raises and to hire four 911 Center communications officers, and$16.8 million available for capital investment, such as $4.5 million for recurring capital projects such as street resurfacing

In related action, the Council on Monday approved continuing the monthly $1.50 charge per telephone line, wireless subscriber and Internet phone subscriber for the Emergency 911 Fund.