Suwanee council adopts budget proposal

SUWANEE - By unanimous vote Thursday night, Suwanee council members adopted the proposed $11.5 million budget for fiscal 2007-08.

"It's a balanced budget and addresses the needs that the city has as it continues to grow," Mayor Nick Masino said. The fiscal year begins July 1.

While not increasing city taxes and keeping the millage rate at 5.77, the budget still allows the city to undertake three initiatives: a comprehensive study of the city water system; improvements to the Suwanee Gateway (along Interstate 85) and consideration of a tax allocation district in the area; and a national accreditation effort by the city's Police Department.

The new budget also makes provisions for an additional police detective, a finance administrative assistant, two public works employees and a part-time administrative assistant in the economic and community development division.

"Suwanee is a vibrant and growing community with changing and expanding needs," said Interim City Manager Kristi McCarley. "Our staff growth is a reflection of city efforts to maintain and enhance the high quality of services provided to citizens."

One innovative component of the city's budget is the inclusion of a program for city staff designed to improve employee health and reduce costs and expenses.

The new city budget is available for viewing at www.suwanee.com.

Also, council members voted to pass an ordinance that gives officials the authority to enforce the Georgia Environmental Protection Division restrictions, which are now imposed statewide.

McOmber's wife resigns from ethics board

MaLisa McOmber resigned her position on the city's ethics board following husband Kevin's June 19 election to the City Council. McOmber's resignation was accepted because her move was proper in light of her husband's position on the council, Masino said.