Fulton County Board of Commissioners Approves Final 2010 Budget | Print |

At its January 20 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved the FY2010 General Fund Final Budget.  The BOC affirmed its commitment to Fulton County citizens and, for the fourth year in a row, did not raise the millage rate.

The Board of Commissioners was also able to stave off a 4% salary reduction for Fulton County employees as previously projected. 

The County identified cost savings in several ways. County Manager Zachary Williams credits the Board of Commissioners with holding the line on spending. “Methods such as hiring freezes, reductions in positions, and investing in the jail, were key measures to assist us with reducing this budget,” stated Williams.

A key source of additional revenue was also due to Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand’s tax collection efforts.  Tax collections were in excess of the 86% that the County initially projected to remain fiscally conservative during the budget process.

During the meeting, the Board of Commissioners made additional allocations to several key County programs, including:

  • $400,000 for senior home repair programs, specifically for residents in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Johns Creek
  • $900,000 for equipment to streamline the absentee ballot process
  • $1.3 million for justice system programs (including $800,000 for pre-trail services in Superior and State Courts, $426,000 for the Public Defender, and $150,000 for the Drug Court)
  •  $750,000 for Human Services grants, earmarked for senior transportation and housing
  • $750,000 for FRESH Grant programs aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency and improving the health and wellbeing of young people
  • $72,626 for an environmental planner, to strengthen the County’s commitment to environmentally conscious operations and services

Chairman John Eaves called the budget process a team effort. “Everyone played a vital role in getting us to where we are now,” commended Chairman Eaves. “We have successfully approved a budget that does not increase the millage rate, but also has only a minimal impact on services and staff.”