Norcross leaders adopt 'conservative' 2010 budget

NORCROSS -- City Council leaders voted following Monday night's final public hearing to adopt a 2010 city budget.

The new budget reflects a 21.2 percent decrease as compared to the 2009 budget.

"There were several challenges we had for 2010," said City Manager Rudolph Smith, who congratulated the department heads throughout city staff for cutting their budget numbers significantly to accommodate an ailing economy.

Smith added that the 2010 budget is "very conservative" and said that he has told department heads that budget requirements will be reviewed monthly. By closely monitoring revenue and expenses often, the city can stay on track with what promises to be a slumping economy through 2010.

City resident Jim Scarborough thanked Smith, Finance Director Karen Slaton-Dixon and all employees who participated in formulating the new budget while not cutting city services.

Another church to move to Veridian

A third church will be calling Veridian office park home, thanks to a special use permit granted to Atlanta North Christadelphian Church on Monday night. The church, whose members number about 20, has congregants who come from as far away as Athens and Augusta. Norcross is a central location for the small church, according to an Atlanta North Christadelphian spokesperson.

The church will be located in suite 1301 in the Veridian office park.