BUFORD - In its regular monthly meeting Monday night, the Buford City Commission set its 2009 property tax millage at 13.2 for Buford City Schools, a tax decrease of .5 mills for city residents. This rate amounts to about $12 million in school taxes, Chairman Phillip Beard said.
Following a public hearing, the Commission adopted its operating budget for 2010, based on projected revenues of $87 million, an $18 million drop from the previous year. The budget includes a $1.9 million surplus and city employee raises.
"The budget has come down from last year because of the price of gas and utilities," Beard said. "We don't mind cutting the budget. There's just no growth going on here right now."
The board also recognized six Boy Scouts and two adult leaders from BSA Troop 1534 for their recent heroic efforts in saving a rafter from drowning after his inner tube flipped over in the Chattahoochee River. Scouts Alex Cravlo, Tyler Mueller, Josh Swartzell, Jimmy Corbett, Branton Fletcher and Andy Flowers were commended for their bravery, along with adults Greg Swartzell and Eric Young. Troop 1534 is sponsored by the Buford Church of Christ.
In other business, the commission:
· Approved a revised contract with BRPH Inc., architects for the new Buford Community Center and Park, scheduled to be constructed on the site of the old Buford school;
· Reappointed current members of the Planning and Zoning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals;
· Awarded the low bid of $32,000 to build an equipment shed for the public works department;
· Approved the natural gas franchise agreement with the city of Carl in Barrow County;
· Changed the date of its next meeting to 7 p.m. Sept. 14.