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Conyers passes $13.9 million budget

CONYERS — In a special called meeting Friday morning, the Conyers City Council approved a nearly $14 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The balanced budget – which anticipates $13.89 million in general fund revenue — will go into effect July 1.

Isabel Rogers, chief financial officer for the city of Conyers, requested the council approve the budget at the meeting held in the city manager’s office.

There was no discussion on the matter and no members of the public were present. The budget was passed unanimously, with the exception of Councilman Chris Bowen, who was unable to attend.

Included in this year’s budget is a 5 percent merit pay increase for eligible employees and a reclassification of some lower-paid positions, which will result in some increased salaries.

In addition to the general fund, the city operates an E911 fund, with a projected budget of $651,396, and a hotel-motel fund that is expected to generate $780,000.

Of the standard expenses accounted for in the budget, public safety represents 47 percent the total budget, followed by public works with 28 percent. Thirteen percent of the budget is allocated for culture and recreation and 12 percent for general government functions.

The fiscal year 2015 budget also accounts for a 4.7 percent increase in health insurance costs due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a 10-year strategic plan and the evaluation of a new municipal complex.

The City Council held its first reading of the budget ordinance on June 4, with the second reading at the following public meeting on June 18.