LILBURN -- The millage rate increase approved here Monday night by the City Council means an average city resident with a home worth about $150,000 will have to pay about $7 more per year to the city.
The 2012 rate went from 4.26 to 4.45 on the new $6.3 million 2012-13 annual operating budget.
"The millage is an integral part of the budget," said City Manager Bill Johnsa. "We had to wait until we received the final tax digest from Gwinnett County before proceeding."
This is the fifth straight year the tax digest in the city has declined, but the first year the budget has been "revenue neutral." The increase amounts to about 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.
The new rate was approved by a three-to-one vote with Councilman Thomas Wight dissenting.
"I think we're living above our means," he said, "I would be against a tax increase."
Councilman Tim Dunn said the millage increase isn't a tax hike because the city has to pay the same bills with less money.
"The budget is balanced, and we want to see Lilburn become well-known in the state," Dunn said.
The budget, approved at last month's meeting, includes a 3 percent across-the-board pay increase for city workers. It will fund two new positions: code enforcement and public relations officers.
In other business, the council:
... Voted unanimously to provide a curfew for juveniles and penalties for violating it "to reduce the number of crimes committed by and against minors in the late night/early morning hours."
"The Police Department will have the right to question juveniles in the middle of the night," said Mayor Johnny Crist. The new curfew will be 11 p.m. Sunday Thursday, and 11:59 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
... Passed regulations regarding the use of the parks and recreations facilities in the city.
... Approved the lease of property located on Camp Creek Road to establish a community garden.
... Made the following announcements: next Town Hall Meeting, Monday, July 23; T-SPLOST and Meet the Candidates for Judges forum, July 16, 7 p.m., City Hall; Lilburn Idol Finale, July 20, 7 p.m., City Park; and National Night Out, Safety Smart Lilburn, Aug. 7, 6 p.m., City Park.