Budget changes set for Hoschton
BY KERRI TESTEMENT
After three public hearings, Hoschton is set to adopt changes to its budget next week.
The council is expected to discuss the proposed changes during its work session on Thursday at 7 p.m., and approve the amendments on Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m.
The Hoschton City Council initially adopted its 2008 budget in December 2007 for $771,000, excluding sales tax funds. The council plans to increase its general fund budget to $852,491.
“When the 2008 budget was adopted, it didn’t have reserves and carry-overs,” council member Tom Walden explained during the final public hearing on Wednesday, May 21.
Walden said the proposed amendments haven’t been changed since the move was first announced on April 16.
Hoschton changes its budget when 10 percent of a city department’s budget is amended.
The council is also considering amending its water and sewer budget from $969,528 to $1.08 million, excluding sales tax funds.
Among some of the changes proposed in the budget are:
•re-assigning the court clerk from the police department to general government. The move would include salary and related expenses, estimated at $30,000.
•transferring $3,000 from contingency to contingency under culture, recreation and economic development.
•transferring $6,100 from contingency to public works for a one-year lease payment on a new pick-up truck and the addition of $1,100 to buy a new lawnmower.
•adding reserves and carry-over from the 2007 budget to the 2008 budget. That figure is estimated at $77,281.
•reducing carryover of sales tax funds in the water and sewer budget from $107,000 to $155,000 to reflect actual carryover from 2007.
•increasing carryover of sales tax funds for recreation in the general budget to $5,200 from $2,000 to reflect actual carryover from 2007.
The city is also proposing to move $20,000 in the water and sewer budget from operations to administration, since Hoschton is buying less water from the Jackson County Water and Sewerage Authority. Hoschton is planning to use more well water for its customers.