DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawsonville city residents can get a first look at how much the COVID-19 pandemic has depleted the city’s finances when City Council meets Monday (May 18) in a teleconference starting at 5 pm in City Hall.
To access the meeting via teleconference or by phone from your computer tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/442131157. Or dial +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 442-131-157
With approximately six weeks remaining in FY 2020, General Fund expenditures exceeds revenue by $317,865. The approved budget projected $2,174,484 in revenue but the city has collected only, $1,923,632 or about 88.46 percent of projection. Expenditures have reached 103.08 percent of projection.
Special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue has also suffered. Projected to reach $1,812,912, collections through April have only produced $1,168,375 or about 64.45 percent of projection. Actual SPOST expenditures exceed projected expenditures by $882,922. Council may be forced to make up the difference from city reserves.
Most local governments in Georgia took a major hit when Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency in March, forcing a statewide closure of businesses that help fund a major portion of city and county budgets.
Finance Director Hayden Wiggins will also review the proposed FY ‘21 budget for Council.
In other business, Council is expected to approve a contract with Townley Construction Company in the amount of $57,180 for testing the wastewater discharge from a manhole at Gold Creek Foods. Initial testing revealed that Gold Creek is in violation of the City’s high-strength wastewater ordinance and is the main reason the City’s wastewater treatment ponds are causing permit violations that require emergency corrective action.
Gold Creek requested a different type of sampling manhole and the City has designed the sampling manhole to meet that request with the understanding that Gold Creek Foods will pay the cost of the new sampling.
The City accepted bids on the project and Townley Construction submitted the low bid.
Council will hear a request by Howser Mill Subdivision Homeowners Association to install “no parking” signs along the roadways within the subdivision to aid in their enforcement efforts of violations of their community covenants. Howser Mill Subdivision streets are City maintained.
Parking on subdivision streets has been a common problem throughout the City. Parking in streets is a public safety issue as it can prevent emergency service vehicles from accessing all areas of the subdivision.
Howser Mill Subdivision has requested the City install no parking signs along the roadways within the subdivision to aid enforcement efforts of violations of their community covenants. Howser Mill Subdivision streets are City maintained. Parking on subdivision streets has been a common problem throughout the City. Parking in streets is a public safety issue as it can prevent emergency service vehicles from accessing all areas of the subdivision.
City Manager Bob Bolz will ask Council to consider an extension of the temporary accommodations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Utility late fees have been waived and utility disconnections delayed until June 1. City rental properties were reduced by 50 percent in March, April and May.
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