Buford commissioners OK fiscal year budget

BUFORD -- The Buford City Commission unanimously approved its $88.2 million fiscal year 2011 operating budget Monday night, $800,000 more than last year, including $300,000 more for the Buford School System.

The budget includes a .5 mill decrease, fixing the millage rate at 13.15 mills.

"We're going to cut taxes in Buford one more time ... it's a trend here," Buford Commission Chairman Phillip Beard said. "We commend our staff ... they have looked after Buford's money wisely."

Beard announced last month that the city would have expenses of $86.3 million for 2011, indicating a surplus of about $1.9 million for the year. In fiscal year 2010, the revenues were $87.4 million, and expenses were $85.5 million.

The board also certified the results of the special election for general obligation bonds held July 20. These bonds will be used in the construction of the Buford Town Park and Community Center/Theatre. The bond issue was passed by an overwhelming margin of five to one.

In other business, the Commission:

* Authorized a joint application for the fiscal year 2010 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant along with the cities of Braselton, Flowery Branch and Oakwood.

* Authorized the city manager to advertise for bids for the Little Mill Road safety realignment, using SPLOST proceeds.

* Denied a request for a special-use permit from Sergio Castillo to operate a taxi service called Taxi's Davis at 4860 S. Lee St.

* Denied an annexation request from Jerry and Judy Parks to rezone 2.84 acres from R-75 to R-100 at 2976 N. Bogan Road.

* Rescheduled its September monthly meeting to 7 p.m. Sept. 1.