Toccoa Continues Work on FY 15 Budget

The city of Toccoa continues to move closer to having a proposed budget ready to present to the public.

Last Wednesday, city commissioners and staff gathered for an all-day budget work session at Toccoa City Hall.

Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that throughout the day, city commissioners met with each department head to go through the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget as it stands now.

Morse said he feels the work session was very productive.

“The city commission had time to meet with each department head,” said Morse. “They talked about what their job entailed, what they would like to see in the coming year, what stayed the same in the budget, what changed in the budget, and get some feedback from the commission to make sure we are meeting the goals they established for us.”

Morse said that at this point, the millage rate and the utility rates are proposed to remain unchanged in the upcoming fiscal year.

“I do not believe that the city commission is looking to make any increase in utility rates or any increase in the millage rate,” said Morse. “I believe those will stay the same.”

The city must approve a budget on or before June 30, since the new fiscal year starts on July 1.

Morse said he and city staff will now go back to work on the budget and make the changes city commissioners asked for during last week’s work session.

“First and foremost, we will make the changes to the budget that the city commission has asked for and we will advertise in the newspaper about the hearings that will be coming up at the city commission meetings (on the budget),” said Morse.

Morse said the first public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget is expected to take place at the May 13 Toccoa City Commission meeting.