Hearing will explore budget with lower taxes

Marietta city officials will present a public hearing in June about a budget that calls for lower taxes.

The recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2017 will last from July 1 to June 30, 2017. This meeting will begin at noon June 1 in the Marietta City Hall Council Chamber, lobby level, 205 Lawrence St.

The city’s millage rate, currently 2.788 mills, is expected to remain the same. However, the bond millage rate is proposed to decrease by 0.429 mills to lower the overall tax bill. The city’s overall FY 2017 budget is $322.9 million, which includes the $53.7 million for the general fund budget. The general fund budget covers general government services, including police, fire, parks, recreation, code enforcement, planning, development, streets and public works maintenance.

City staff will present a brief overview of the budget followed by comments and questions from residents. Council is expected to consider the budget’s approval at 7 p.m. June 8, also in the Council Chamber. Information: Marietta’s Finance Department/Budget Division, 770-794-5544, mariettaga.gov.