GAINESVILLE – The Hall County fiscal year 2022 budget was submitted to the county commission during its work session Monday afternoon and will be presented in detail to the public when commissioners meet for their voting session on June 10th.
Hall County Financial Services Director Dena Bosten told commissioners, “For Thursday’s meeting at 4:00 p.m. I will be presenting the FY2022 budget and we will also hold a public hearing following that presentation.”
Only one public hearing will be necessary this year because the proposed budget includes a full rollback on the millage rate for county taxpayers.
According to county documents the current (FY2021) millage rate of 4.853 mils will drop to 4.636 mils in order to fund the proposed $112.2-million General Fund budget. The General Fund budget includes major functions of Hall County government ranging from law enforcement to public health to courts, public works, administration and libraries.
The current fiscal year ends June 30th and the FY2022 budget takes effect the next day.
Other millage rates that are part of most Hall County property-based tax bills include:
- Emergency services, 0.571 mils
- Development services, 1.005 mils
- Parks and Leisure services, 0.364 mils
- Fire services, 2.65 mils for unincorporated areas
- Schools, yet to be determined but 17.55 mils this past year
According to the county the proposed countywide budget leaps to $344.4-million, an increase of over 21-percent, but officials say the large increase is due in part to the realization of additional funding from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan.
Included in the new budget are pay increases for most county employees in an effort to attract and retain qualified workers according to county leaders.
The public is invited to attend the budget presentation at the Hall County Government Center on Thursday. Please note that the meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. rather than at 6:00 p.m. as usual.