A hearing has been set for this afternoon to get the public’s input on the fiscal year 2015 budget for the city of Statesboro.
Although the proposed budget includes a 2.5 percent raise for city employees, the general fund, at about $13.7 million, is pretty much the same as last year. That translates into good news for property owners...no tax increases being proposed. The total city budget is a little more than $50 million.
The 2.5 percent salary increase for city employees was urged by department heads who were concerned that a proposal offered by some councilmen to give a 1 percent raise and a one-time bonus as has been done in the past, could result in the loss of some employees to better paying new and expanding industries in the area.
Officials say with the growth in the city and county as well, such as new apartments and new shopping centers in the works, they expect to see additional revenue raised through new property taxes.
Today’s public hearing will be at 4 p.m. at City Hall in downtown Statesboro. The City Council is expected to adopt the budget at its June 17 meeting.