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Stone Mountain City Council approves 2023 budget

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain City Council approves 2023 budget

Stone Mountain City Manager Darnetta Tyus

Stone Mountain, GA — The Stone Mountain City Council unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2023 budget at a special called meeting on Dec. 28.

The decision was originally scheduled for the council’s work session on Dec. 20, but was postponed to allow council members and the public to review recent changes.

The city of Stone Mountain’s total projected revenue for 2023 is $4,979,095, a $431,737 increase over 2022. Total budgeted expenditures equal revenues at $4,979,095, an increase of $546,632 over 2022.

Projected revenues from the beer and wine tax were increased to $20,000, from the mixed drink tax to $8,000, and from the business property tax to $40,000. City Manager Darnetta Tyus stated that the reason for the increase was so the projected revenues would match the actual revenues for 2022.

Other changes include the addition of revenue from golf cart permits, a Georgia Department of Transportation local road maintenance grant, a DeKalb County grant, and from rentals at McCurdy Park, VFW Park, and the Community Garden.

Changes in expenditures include travel funds for the mayor and city council, technology expenditures, and bank fees. Tyus said that the city will improve security for and reduce time spent on bank deposits.

The city plans to expand Zoom licenses, which will expand the city’s ability to have additional webinars via Zoom, including adding hybrid aspects to meetings. The council plans to discuss the details of how that will work at the January work session.

About $25,000 of the Public Works budget will be used for a lighting study supported by Mayor Pro Tem Gil Freeman and $20,000 of the Downtown Development Authority budget will be spent on two mural projects.

Revisions to budget details did not create changes in the total amount of revenue or expenditures. “The document offers some clarifying information, but the bottom line does not change,” said Tyus.

Mayor Beverly Jones said, “We were here for over eight hours one Saturday, and we went through [the budget] very thoroughly because we want to make sure that our citizens are getting the most for the money that we’re spending.”

Tyus said that some items, including hiring a grant writer to help the city apply for American Rescue Plan Act funds, require a decision before February and requested that the city council review them and vote in January. The council plans to hold a special called meeting in the first half of January to hear a presentation from the proposed grant writer.

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