clear
Tuesday July 28th, 2015 1:47PM

Helen approves $2.75-million general fund budget

By Rob Moore Reporter
HELEN - The Helen City Commission has approved the city's 2014-2015 budget, starting with more than $2.75 million in the general fund.<br /> <br /> During Tuesday afternoon's meeting, the commission voted to approve $2,753,034 in the general fund, which incudes $26,080 from prior year fund balance. <br /> <br /> The balanced budget also includes $805,900 in the water and wastewater fund; $750,000 in the hotel/motel tax fund; $1,010,600 in 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenues; $291,213 in the 2014 SPLOST Fund; $625,000 in the other capital projects fund; $5,000 in the police department technology fund; $413,600 in the grant fund; and $200 in the tree fund.<br /> <br /> On the expenditure side, the city plans to break down its general fund as follows:<br /> <br /> * General overhead - $948,235;<br /> <br /> * Administration - $246,900;<br /> <br /> * City commission - $13,300;<br /> <br /> * Municipal court - $21,650;<br /> <br /> * Community relations - $7,000;<br /> <br /> * Fire department - $185,491;<br /> <br /> * Welcome center - $21,222;<br /> <br /> * Building and planning - $74,710;<br /> <br /> * Public works - $476,441;<br /> <br /> * Police department - $713,635; and<br /> <br /> * Solid waste - $44,450.<br /> <br /> On the expenditure side of the 8-percent hotel/motel tax collections, the breakdown is as follows:<br /> <br /> * Transfer to general fund (60 percent of the 5 percent collected) - $281,250;<br /> <br /> * Transfer to general fund (50 percent of the 3 percent collected) - $140,625;<br /> <br /> * Contract with convention and visitors bureau (40 percent of the 5 percent collected) - $187,500;<br /> <br /> * Contract with CVB (50 percent of the 3 percent collected) - $140,625.<br /> <br /> City Clerk Marilyn Chastain said the commission can't set a final millage rate quite yet.<br /> <br /> Chastain said she anticipates that if there are no substantial changes in valuation the city can meet its budget with a millage of 6.71 mills, down from 6.739 mills in the current year. <br /> <br /> "We won't be able to set a final millage rate until we get a final tax digest from the county," Chastain said.
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 6 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 6 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 6 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 6 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 6 months ago )
Local/State News
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 6 months ago )
GOP leader regrets talk to white supremacists; party leaders rally around him
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
6:08PM ( 6 months ago )
Conviction of Putin foe sets off protest in Moscow
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
6:03PM ( 6 months ago )
Politics
Strong home sales, limited supply lift US home prices in May
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year.The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 4.9 percent in May f...
12:05PM ( 1 hour ago )
NGMC's Lifeline recognizes volunteers
Lifeline, an affiliate of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), recently recognized volunteers who work with the emergency response system.
By AccessWDUN staff
10:57AM ( 2 hours ago )
Correction: San Francisco-Soda Warning story
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story July 26 about a lawsuit against San Francisco by the American Beverage Association, The Associated Press reported erroneously where the city's health warning labels wou...
10:30AM ( 3 hours ago )
Well-known Gainesville doctor retiring
A well-known Gainesville cardiologist, Dr. Robert Ferguson, is retiring.
9:17AM ( 4 hours ago )
UPS 2Q profit beats Street as overseas business improves
ATLANTA (AP) — Overseas business helped UPS during its second quarter, as did the absence of a hefty charge recorded a year ago.The package-delivery company earned $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per share, f...
9:06AM ( 4 hours ago )