Lilburn holds millage steady

LILBURN -- Despite tough economic times, the Lilburn City Council on Monday held its millage rate at 4.26 for tax year 2010, the same as the past five years.

The council also unanimously passed its new 2010-2011 Annual Operating Budget with a general fund of $5,666,126.

The new budget includes capital improvements of $81,000, SPLOST funding of $1,608,284, and confiscated assets of $71,800.

Following a public hearing, the council also approved a zoning resolution regarding acreage requirements for churches within the city limits. The new ordinance now will require both churches and other assemblages to have at least five acres if locating in a residential area.

The five-acre requirement is eliminated for those housed in commercial areas.

According to counsel for the city, this ordinance does not affect impending litigation.

In another ordinance regarding churches, the Council required one off-street parking space for each 100 square feet of gross floor area.

In other business, the council:

* Approved an ordinance for precious metals and gems dealers in order to coordinate with Gwinnett County's ordinances for tracking and enforcement of pawn shops and gold dealers.

* Approved a change order for an expenditure of $16,400 for the interior walking trail portion of Phase II of the Greenway Trail running through Lilburn City Park.