Lawrenceville CFO Keith Lee presents the city's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal to the city council for consideration and adoption Monday.

Lawrenceville’s City council gave its blessing Monday to a $167 million fiscal year 2020 budget that includes money for infrastructure projects, more efficiency services and major construction projects in the heart of the city.

The budget, which is based on the city’s millage rate remaining unchanged, is designed to address service efficiency, development and redevelopment, infrastructure projects and human capital investment in the city. The budget goes into effect July 1.

“The City of Lawrenceville has one of the largest municipal budgets in the state of Georgia and that is a huge responsibility that we don’t take lightly as the elected body of the people,” Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said in a statement.

“I am proud of the work that both staff and our Finance Committee have done to efficiently plan for our future within this budget cycle while diligently being mindful of where public dollars are invested and we look forward to delivering on much needed services in this coming year.”

There are several projects the city said are coming up in the next year. Some of them are major projects, such as the $31 million Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center — which is being funded with revenue bonds and special purpose local option sales tax funds — but other projects are smaller in scale.

For example, the city will spend $1 million on service efficiencies, which officials said will include standardizing the garbage collection carts all Lawrenceville residents use. Officials also said some of that money will be spent on new geographic information software.

Lawrenceville also set aside $7.5 million in the budget for infrastructure projects such as the second phase of the city’s college corridor project as well as improvements on Stone Mountain Street and the Five Forks Trickum corridor.

“Our goal as staff is to support the vision of mayor and council because they speak for the community,” Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington said.

“This budget will diligently utilize the funds we receive from our enterprises, property tax and general fees to invest back into support services essential to keeping our residents and businesses safe, our neighborhoods clean and our growth sustainable for years to come.”

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