County budget to be adopted New Year’s Eve

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Towns County GA Budget
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw will hold a special-called meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, to adopt the 2020 county budget. The meeting is open to the public and will take place in the commissioner’s office at the Towns County Courthouse.
Expenditures are set to increase approximately $993,000 in the coming year, with $11, 174,990 in anticipated disbursements. Bradshaw explained on Dec. 23 that he strives to “better and increase services” for the citizens, rather than “take away,” without necessitating a spike for Towns County taxpayers.

An across-the-board hourly pay increase of 50-cents will be given to county employees beginning Jan. 1, increasing the budget by approximately $150K. The cost to the county for the 2020 election cycle is estimated at $50K, and a 911-mapping plotter requires repair, at the expense of roughly $12K. An upgraded ambulance will be added to the EMS fleet, the third since Bradshaw took office. Two new dump trucks are needed for the road department, Bradshaw said last week, as no significant equipment has been purchased for road maintenance in the past 14 years. “We need two dump trucks, for sure, so we put money in the budget to buy one this year and then we’re going to look at doing the SPLOST tax…I don’t want to spend a lot of money on road equipment right now if we can get some of that SPLOST tax because it’s not coming out of the general fund. But they are needing one right now, so we’re putting it in there.” Bradshaw added that although the funds are appropriated, they will not be used unless necessary.

Funding for an additional employee at the Towns County Tax Commissioner’s Office was earmarked, as well as an expenditure for a mandated scanner device for the tax department. An increase in the Towns County Sheriff’s Office budget to furnish two additional deputies was allotted.

“A big chunk of the increase of the budget was the fire department grant, the ambulance, the dump truck, the raises, and the other items that I had mentioned,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t want the taxpayers to think we’re blowing money. We’re not. We wouldn’t even have this in here if we couldn’t cover it, and we’ve got it covered.”

The tentative budget was proposed as follows:
TOWNS COUNTY GENERAL FUND
2020 TENTATIVE BUDGET
JANUARY 1, 2020 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020
BEGINNING BALANCE
4,000,000
REVENUES
10,318,650
BEGINNING BALANCE & REVENUES
14,318,650
EXPENDITURES
11,174,990
ENDING BALANCE
3,143,660
REVENUES
PROPERTY TAX
3,963,000.00
T.A.V.T.
550,000.00
ALTERNATE AD VALOREM TAX
9,000.00
ALTERNATE AD VALOREM TAX FIRE
800
PRIOR YEAR TAX
115,000.00
REAL ESTATE TRANSFER
55,000.00
REAL ESTATE TRANSFER TAX FIRE
3,800.00
CABLE FRANCHISE TAX
40,000.00
LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX
1,575,000.00
BEER AND WINE TAX
85,000.00
LIQUOR TAX
25,000.00
BANK OCCUPATIONAL TAX
11,500.00
INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX
600,000.00
FIRE TAX
363,000.00
PRIOR YEAR FIRE TAX
12,000.00
INTEREST AND PENALTY
35,000.00
Licenses and Permits
PLANNING COMMISSIONER REVENUES
1,500.00
BUILDING INSPECTION FEES
62,000.00
SIGN PERMIT FEES
250.00
BEER/WINE/LIQUOR LICENSE FEES
30,000.00
Intergovernmental
ENOTAH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT REIMB
3,500.00
RURAL SCHOOL GRANT
35,000.00
FIREWISE
5,500.00
GRANT-EMA
18,000.00
SECTION 1 PAYMENT – FOREST SERVICE
125,000.00
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMIN SECT 5311
50,000.00
PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES- TVA
14,000.00
EMS TRAUMA EQUIPMENT GRANT
3,500.00
REIMB ENOTAH CIRCUIT
52,000.00
REIMB LUMPKIN CO VICT ASST POSITION
110,000.00
REIMB TC BOE RESOURCE OFFICER
79,000.00
FEMA FIRE DEPT GRANT
310,000.00
Fines and Forfeitures
INDIGENT ATTORNEY FEES REIMBURSED
2,000.00
WINE FINGERPRINT FEES
200
COMMISSION
190,000.00
Interest Income
INTEREST ON DEPOSITS
50,000.00
Miscellaneous Revenue
MISCELLANEOUS SALES
2,500.00
INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT
5,000.00
FIRE SERVICE INS REIMBURSEMENT
11,000.00
Rx CARD
100.00
AIR FLIGHT INSURANCE REVENUE
5,000.00
L/P-CHATUGE RESORTS
30,000.00
GA MTN FAIR LEASE REIMBURSEMENT
45,000.00
Other Revenue Sources
TRANSFER FROM HOTEL/MOTEL FUND
50,000.00
TRANSFER FROM BVR HOTEL/MOTEL
9,500.00
TOTAL GENERAL FUND REVENUES
10,318,650.00
USE OF FUND BALANCE
856,340.00
11,174,990.00
EXPENDITURES:
General Government
COMMISSIONER
137,100
ELECTIONS
129,575
ADMINISTRATION/GENERAL
736,450
TAX COMMISSIONER
301,850
TAX ASSESSOR
258,400
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
7,000
COURT SYSTEMS
Regional Expenses
285,500
Clerk of Court
233,150
Probate/Magistrate
257,300
District Attorney
168,000
PUBLIC SAFETY
REGIONAL EXPENSES
240,700
SHERIFF
1,391,200
RESOURCE OFFICERS
113,145
JAIL
1,144,650
FIRE
461,250
FIRE DEPT GRANT EXPENDITURES
325,000
EMS-AMBULANCE SERVICE
1,208,095
AMBULANCE
185,000
EMA DIRECTOR
56,400
911 MAPPING
62,950
PUBLIC WORKS
ROAD DEPARTMENT
768,400
LMIG MATCHING FUNDS
95,500
DUMP TRUCK
150,000
TRANSFER STATION
549,675
RECYCLING
18,875
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
REGIONAL EXPENSES
475,700
TRANSIT
103,900
EXTENSIVE SERVICE ( COUNTY AGENT)
22,000
RECREATION AND CULTURE
REGIONAL EXPENSES
260,300
TOWNS COUNTY PARKS
25,000
RECREATION DEPARTMENT
323,400
CHATUGE CAMPGROUND
97,600
HOUSING & DEVELOPMENT
REGIONAL EXPENSES
54,000
BUILDING INSPECTION
72,275
PLANNING COMMISSION
28,450
CAPITAL EXPENDITURES
EMERGENCY CAPITAL OUTLAY
25,000
TRANSFERS OUT TO OTHER FUNDS
402,200
11,174,990

 

TOWNS COUNTY SPECIAL REVENUE AND CAPITAL FUNDS
2020 TENTATIVE BUDGET
JANUARY 1, 2020 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020
HOTEL/MOTEL
BEGINNING BALANCE PRIVATE 40,000
BEGINNING BALANCE BVR 40,000
REVENUES:
PRIVATE 250,000
BRASSTOWN VALLEY(STATE FACILITY) 95,000
TOTAL BEGINNING BALANCE AND REVENUES 425,000
EXPENDITURES:
ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS BVR 10% 9,500
ADVERTISING BVR 90,000
TOURISM WORKER 22,000
OFFICE EXP 3,000
VISITOR’S CENTER 34,000
CONTRACT WITH CVB BOARD 125,000
TRANSFER TO OTHER FUNDS 50,000
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 333,500
ENDING BALANCE PRIVATE 56,000
ENDING BALANCE BVR 35,500
E 911
Beginning Balance 300,000
REVENUES
PREPAID WIRELESS FEES 215,000
NONPREPAID WIRELESS FEES 36,000
TRANSFER FROM GENERAL FUND 402,200
TOTAL BEGINNING BALANCE AND REVENUES 953,200
EXPENDITURES
215-3800-51-1000 SALARIES 408,000.00
215-3800-51-2100 HEALTH INSURANCE – CO 70,000.00
215-3800-51-2200 PAYROLL TAXES (FICA) 26,500.00
215-3800-51-2210 MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR 20,000.00
215-3800-51-2400 RETIREMENTS 4,500.00
215-3800-51-2600 UNEMPLOYMENT EXPENSE 200
215-3800-52-1130 RADIO EXPENSE 13,000.00
215-3800-52-2200 BUILDING MAINTENANCE 5,000.00
215-3800-52-3200 TELEPHONES 90,000.00
215-3800-52-3500 TRAVEL 1,000.00
215-3800-52-3700 TRAINING 2,000.00
215-3800-52-3900 MISCELLANEOUS 300
215-3800-53-1100 SUPPLIES 4,000.00
215-3800-53-1110 OFFICE EXPENSE 5,000.00
215-3800-53-1200 UTILITIES 10,000.00
215-3800-58-1000 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES 279,000.00
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 938,500.00
ENDING BALANCE 14,700
JAIL FUND
BEGINNING BALANCE 100
REVENUES:
FINES AND FORFEITURES 12,000
TOTAL BEGINNING BALANCE AND REVENUES 12,100
EXPENDITURES:
JAILHOUSE MAINTENANCE 10,000
ENDING BALANCE 2,100
VICTIM’S ASSISTANCE FUND
BEGINNING BALANCE 0
REVENUES:
FINES AND FORFEITURES 10,800
BEGINNING BALANCE AND REVENUES 10,800
EXPENDITURES:
S.A.F.E. 3600
C.A.S.A. 3600
DISTRICT ATTORNEY 3600
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 10800
ENDING BALANCE 0
D.A.T.E. FUND
BEGINNING BALANCE 28,000
REVENUES:
FINES AND FORFEITURES 17,000
TOTAL BEGINNING BALANCE AND REVENUES 45,000
EXPENDITURES:
CHAMPS 11,000
OTHER 20,000
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 31,000
ENDING BALANCE 14,000
LMIG- GRANT FOR ROADS
BEGINNING BALANCE 149,145
REVENUES
LMIG DOT GRANT 318,120
TRANSFER FROM GENERAL FUND 95,500
TOTAL BEGINNING BALANCE AND REVENUES 562,765
EXPENDITURES
LMIG PROJECTS 562,765
ENDING BALANCE 0

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