The proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget for Johns Creek is the subject of a work session and public hearing Monday, Aug. 27 at City Hall. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK

Johns Creek unveils proposed budget, invites comment

Declaring fiscal 2019 “the year of storm water,” Johns Creek officials have introduced a proposed budget that they say addresses a “significant liability” in the city’s storm water infrastructure, as well as funding major capital projects like a new firehouse and Abbotts Bridge Road sound abatement.

The document calls for general fund revenues and expenditures balanced at $59.96 million, an 8.9 percent increase over FY 2018.

The next budget discussion is a City Council work session at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at City Hall; followed by a budget hearing at that evening’s council meeting at 7 p.m. The council intends to approve the FY 2019 budget in September.

The Aug. 13 budget presentation to the council can be viewed online at: https://bit.ly/2MtgIIf. Public comment and feedback can be submitted online at: https://bit.ly/2Mo06BX; or by e-mail, social media, or phone call to City Hall. Information: https://bit.ly/2nCU8Ps

The budget adds a storm water engineer’s position and stream gauge system, and completes an assessment of existing storm water facilities to determine their condition and maintenance needs, officials said.

Other key budget themes, officials said, are transparency – clearly identifying variances from the prior year and one-time and non-recurring expenditures; maturity – setting aside funds for infrastructure and vehicle replacement; “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” fully funding major capital investments such as the new Fire Station No. 64 and Abbotts Bridge sound abatement from Parsons to Jones Bridge roads; and identifying the true cost of service.

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