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Thursday July 30th, 2015 4:11AM

Gainesville City Council approves 2015 budget

By Brian Stewart Reporter
GAINESVILLE, GA - The Gainesville City Council approved a $30,328,583 budget for fiscal year 2015 at a meeting Tuesday evening.<br /> <br /> The budget should give the city some room for flexibility, according to City Manager Kip Padgett.<br /> <br /> "It maintains our public services, and also allows us to make some public safety purchases for our fire and police departments," Padgett said.<br /> <br /> Those purchases include new cars for the police and a new truck for the fire department.<br /> <br /> This budget presents a 1.9% increase from fiscal year 2014, which was $29.7 million.<br /> <br /> <b>COUNCIL APPROVES HOUSING PROJECT</b><br /> <br /> The council also approved a new housing project on Swann Drive and Pearl Nix Parkway.<br /> <br /> The new housing is targeted at working families, and construction should begin in the next few months, according to project manager Robbie Robison.<br /> <br /> The company, Swann Drive Villas, has built other apartment complexes in Hall County.<br /> <br /> "Our work speaks for itself," Robison said. "Our units are full, and we've got a waiting list to get in."<br /> <br /> The new housing project will consist of 26 units, and although some houses will face Pearl Nix Parkway, none of the driveways will connect directly to the road.
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