The Roswell City Council has approved a $152.37 million Fiscal Year 2020 budget, a 5.8 percent increase from the 2019 budget and with an estimated millage rate unchanged at 4.955 mills.
The budget fixes the city’s full-time positions at 625 – any change must be approved by the mayor and council – and authorizes the city administrator to distribute funds reserved for merit-based pay increases to the various departments, as necessary, according to the budget ordinance.
The budget passed second reading on a 3-1 vote; Council Member Marcelo Zapata voted against it. A motion by Zapata to approve the budget as originally submitted by the mayor, without changes, failed for lack of a second.
Among the changes to the budget: an additional $45,000 for the Roswell Arts Fund, and funding for four items of the Historic Roswell Beautification Project – Elizabeth Way Storefront Landscape Cleanup, $4,000; Roswell Historic District Streetscape Improvement, $5,000; Historic District holiday decorations, $4,500; and the decorative banner project, $3,910.
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