Conyers approves budget
Officials do not expect any layoffs or furloughs

CONYERS - The Conyers City Council unanimously approved on Wednesday a $13.3 million budget for fiscal year 2009-10.

The budget process this year was arduous, city council members said, but no employee layoffs or furloughs will be necessary.

Councilman Marty Jones praised the city's department heads for making the necessary decisions, but cautioned: "Next year is going to be even worse."

This year's budget, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2010, is about $325,000 lower than the 2008-09 budget. Isabel Rogers, director of administration, presented the first reading of the budget during the City Council's May 20 meeting. At that time, she said she scaled back revenue projections based on expectations that local property tax collections will be lower this year. She said she also he opted to cut back due to the likelihood that the state will no longer reimburse local governments for the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant, or HTRG.

Under the 2009-10 budget, the city anticipates $5.5 million in ad valorem taxes, compared to $5.7 million that was collected as of March when the city council approved a midterm adjustment to the 2008-09 budget.

In another sign of the economic times, the 2008-09 budget accounted for $300,000 in building permits, but by the midterm adjustment, that number was reduced by half. Once again, the 2009-10 budget anticipates only $150,000 in building permits.

The budget does not account for cost of living increases for employees and includes a 2 percent increase in health insurance premiums for city workers.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: At A Glance

2009-10 annual budget for Conyers:

General Fund: $13,319,343

Emergency Telephone System Fund: $897,147

Confiscated Assets Fund: $110,000

Hotel Motel Fund: $832,500