Lilburn OKs $6.3M budget

LILBURN -- By a three-to-one vote, an "austere, streamlined" $6.3 million budget got the OK here Monday night from the Lilburn City Council.

The 2012-13 Annual Operating Budget for the General Fund includes a 3 percent across-the-board pay increase for city workers.

"We try to get the best personnel we can afford," Mayor Johnny Crist said. "And we want to keep our staff from being stolen by other municipalities."

SPLOST federal and state grant funds for the budget amount to $2.1 million; Capital Projects Fund, $78,000; and Confiscated Assets Fund, $50,000.

There will be two new positions funded in the new fiscal year: code enforcement and public relations officerss. Fifty-two percent of the budget is allocated to the Police Department and the Court System.City property taxes account for only 22 per cent of the budget, according to City Manager Bill Johnsa.

The millage rate, which will be voted on in the July meeting, will be set at 4.45, Johnsa said. This will make for a "revenue neutral" budget, and will include a 19-cent tax increase per $1,000 assessed home value, about a $7 to $19 annual hike.

Not everyone was pleased with the new budget. Councilman Thomas Wight, the lone vote against it, said the budget will obligate city residents to increased taxes in the future.

"I am opposed to this budget," he said."It calls for two tax increases. I think it's wasteful, and I think Lilburn should live within its means. SPLOST money doesn't fall from the sky."

In other business, the Council:

... Approved amendments to the event policy revising responsibilities pertaining to alcohol from the City Council to the Alcohol Review Board.

... Created the Office of Prosecuting Attorney of the Municipal Court, changing the name from Solicitor.

... Imposed a technology fee for the Municipal Court.

... Approved a special-use permit for a Tire Service Center at 4275 Lawrenceville Highway.

... Approved the application of Lilburn Market Package for a retail package store alcohol license at 3870 Lawrenceville Highway for the sale of beer, wine and distilled spirits with Sunday sales to be consumed off-site.

... OK'd the application of Dos de Oro Restaurant, 475 Pleasant Hill Road, for an alcohol license for the sale of beer, wine and distilled spirits with Sunday sales for consumption on premises,

... Honored Providence Christian Academy for winning this year's Class A State Baseball Championship. The Parkview High School Class AAAAA State Championship Baseball Team will be honored at the July meeting.

... Announced the following dates: Gwinnett Braves Lilburn Night, June 14, 5:05 and 7:05 p.m. (doubleheader); Lilburn Farmers' Market, open each Friday through August from 4-8 p.m.; Lilburn Idol, June 15 & 29, 7 p.m., City Park; and "Sparkle in the Park," July 4, 4-10 p.m., City Park.