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Lilburn adopts budget with pay increase for city employees

LILBURN — Lilburn adopted its 2014-15 city budget on Monday night, including a pay increase for city employees based on performance.

The budget, which will begin on July 1, 2014, and end on June 30, 2015, will include general funds of $6.5 million.

Following a public hearing, the council approved the budget, along with a Capital Improvement Plan, which includes $5,016,000 for special purpose local option salestax (SPLOST) (2009), $1,373,300 for SPLOST (2014), $185,000 for Capital Projects Fund and $2,500 for Confiscated Assets Fund.

In addition, the millage rate has been set to remain at 4.45, and is scheduled to be adopted at the July 14 council meeting. It includes a sanitation fee of $13.12 per month for each residential property owner.

In other business, the council:

• Set August 25-29 as the qualifying dates for a special election to fill the vacant city council Post 1. The voting for this position will be held in the Nov. 4 general election

• Passed a 2 percent charge for commercial development in addition to permit fees to help raise money for the city’s Public Art Fund. This ordinance was designed to provide an opportunity to work with and introduce public art to many city agencies in many different types of projects, and in many citywide locations.

• OK’d a fee waiver request from Robert Ussery, a longtime resident on Rockbridge Road, from having to pay a $1,000 permit fee for rezoning 2.45 acres from industrial to residential, making the zoning consistent with his use.

• Appointed Carl Biemiller to the city Board of Adjustment.

• Mayor Johnny Crist listed the following dates for city events: White Elephant Sale, June 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Public Works & Maintenance Facility Open House, Lilburn Industrial Drive, June 25, 4 to 6 p.m.; Sparkle in the Park, July 4, Lilburn City Park, 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshop, July 12, Gartrell Nash Pavilion, 9 to 11 a.m.; and Mayor’s Town Hall meeting, June 30, Hookah Haven Restaurant, 7 p.m.