Lavonia Holds First Budget Reading

December 14, 2012

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The Lavonia City Council is one step closer to passing the city’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

At a called session Monday evening, the council heard the first reading of the budget. The Lavonia fiscal year begins on January 1.

Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman told the council that expected revenues for Fiscal Year 2013 are $2.04 million with expected expenditures of $2.03 million. According to Fesperman, that is about $5,000 less than this fiscal year.

Fesperman says the budget takes into account a decrease in Lavonia’s property tax digest.

One variable in Lavonia’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013 involves prison labor.

Currently, the city of Lavonia sets aside about $150,000 a year to pay for the truck to transport the prisoners and other equipment. That money also pays for the prison guard’s salary.

The workers come from the Whitworth Detention Center in Hartwell, which recently announced it is switching to an all-female population facility.

Last month, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said that the community work that has been provided by offenders will stay in place, but added that it has not been determined if it will be provided by the female population at Whitworth or if the DOC will be getting male offenders and will bring them to the community to do that work.

Lavonia uses about 16 prison workers and Fesperman says if they lose those workers, it will cost the city much more to replace them.

Fesperman says he has spoken with the warden at the Whitworth Detention Center in Hartwell and was told the Department of Corrections is trying to see if male prison workers can be brought in from another facility.

Other changes to the budget this year include the elimination of the Lavonia Police Department K-9 unit and the transfer of the cemetery fund to a separate account.
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The Lavonia City Council is one step closer to passing the city’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

At a called session Monday evening, the council heard the first reading of the budget. The Lavonia fiscal year begins on January 1.

Lavonia City Manager Gary Fesperman told the council that expected revenues for Fiscal Year 2013 are $2.04 million with expected expenditures of $2.03 million. According to Fesperman, that is about $5,000 less than this fiscal year.

Fesperman says the budget takes into account a decrease in Lavonia’s property tax digest.

One variable in Lavonia’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013 involves prison labor.

Currently, the city of Lavonia sets aside about $150,000 a year to pay for the truck to transport the prisoners and other equipment. That money also pays for the prison guard’s salary.

The workers come from the Whitworth Detention Center in Hartwell, which recently announced it is switching to an all-female population facility.

Last month, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said that the community work that has been provided by offenders will stay in place, but added that it has not been determined if it provided by the female population at Whitworth or if the DOC will be getting male offenders and will bring them to the community to do that work.

Lavonia uses about 16 prison workers and Fesperman says if they lose those workers, it will cost the city much more to replace them.

Fesperman says he has spoken with the warden at the Whitworth Detention Center in Hartwell and was told the Department of Corrections is trying to see if male prison workers can be brought in from another facility.

Other changes to the budget this year include the elimination of the Lavonia Police Department K-9 unit and the transfer of the cemetery fund to a separate account.

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