September 14, 2020
The Johns Creek City Council unanimously approved a $59 million General Fund budget Tuesday, Sept. 8 for the fiscal year (FY) 2021, beginning Oct.1. The adopted budget includes $17.9 million for operational expenditures and $26.9 million for personnel expenditures.
The adopted budget aligns with FY2021 four key themes: (1) continue high quality core services, (2) thoughtfully maintaining infrastructure, (3) realigning resources for optimal effectiveness, and (4) recalibrating the economic development approach. These themes can be seen in both the programs and services funded in the budget and the shifts as compared to budgets of prior years.
“A lot of hard work went into getting here, given the unprecedented fiscal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FY2021 Budget is focused on what is fundamental and primary to provide funding for those desired services that benefit our community.” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “It says volumes about this council to show unanimous support for continued investment in our city as well as commitment to strong fiscal stewardship, economic development, and public safety.”
The budget is the annual operating plan for the City and directly aligns with the priorities set by the City Council. To work within anticipated revenues, the FY2021 budget is an overall 7% decline compared to FY2020 and does not include any service expansions. Highlights of the budget include $500,000 for new sidewalks based on the Sidewalk Priority Policy, $1,000,000 for construction of the roundabout at Barnwell Road at Rivermont Parkway, $3,000,000 for resurfacing, $325,248 for the Police Department body worn camera initiative, and $620,000 for the replacement of Fire Engine #62.
The City Council publicly reviewed and refined the budget at the June 15, 2020 Work Session, July 13, 3030 meeting, the July 27 meeting, and held Public Hearings at the Aug. 10, 2020 meeting and the Aug. 24, 2020 meeting. The City Council discussed options and reached consensus on critical budget modifications to balance capital enhancements and key operational expenses.
Overall the budget prioritizes providing leading levels of public safety, addressing traffic and infrastructure, streamline internal processes, and focus on economic development.
The budget documents and presentation are available on the City’s website