Lilburn City Council approves millage rate

LILBURN - The Lilburn City Council approved Monday night its annual city millage rate for 2009, along with its fiscal year 2009-10 operating budget and capital improvement plan.

The millage rate authorized is 4.26 mils, the same rate as the previous year, but decreasing the budget total by $300,000, and accounting for a 4.68 percent reduction in city taxes, according to Mayor Diana Preston.

"We have a great staff willing to forgo raises to balance the budget this year," Preston said. "We appreciate their sacrifice."

Following a public hearing during the regular monthly council meeting, the $6,252,042 general fund budget was approved, including capital improvements of $245,378, SPLOST funds of $1,662,347, and confiscated assets of $56,670.

In other business, the council:

· Approved a new schedule of bonds/fines for the Lilburn City Court, including a 10 percent added court cost for defendants appearing there, effective July 1. This new schedule places Lilburn about in the middle of the pack in court costs for cities in Gwinnett County. Also, Preston said that because the city police department will be switching to 12-hour shifts in August, the times of city court would be adjusted to

9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

· Adopted a resolution to include the city as part of the Gwinnett County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan in order to apply for federal funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

· Agreed to extend funds not exceeding $355,000 to the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority for the purchase of the Sutherland property located at 356 Main St.