October 2017

It’s time once again when we close out the Fiscal Year and move forward with the next year’s budget, which was developed with an eye toward the future of our exceptional City.
 
As announced following the vote, the Johns Creek City Council unanimously approved a $54.3 million General Fund budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2018, beginning Oct. 1. The adopted budget includes $43.6M in General Fund expenditures for government services and $10.7M in total for long term infrastructure maintenance accruals, replacement vehicle accruals, capital projects, and E911 services.
 
I am grateful to the City Council and Staff for their work together to prepare Johns Creek’s 12th consecutive balanced budget.  The Fiscal Year 2018 budget was developed through our 10-year financial forecast model, which allows us to project how the upcoming year’s budget impacts the City in future years.
 
I also commend the City Council for continued fiscal discipline and the setting aside of funds for long-term maintenance of city roads, sidewalks, parks, and other facilities.  The maintenance accruals are an element of our annual budget that sets Johns Creek apart from other cities.  It shows our dedication to balancing new projects and priorities with the maintenance of our existing infrastructure.
 
The budget is the annual operating plan for the City and directly aligns with the priorities set by the City Council. Highlights include $250,000 in construction documents for a fourth fire station, $134,244 for a new police officer (and associated vehicle and equipment), $7,000,000 for repaving, and $500,000 for new sidewalks. Overall the budget prioritizes providing leading levels of public safety, addressing traffic congestion relief, and steadily improving the recreation and parks system.
 
Separate from the FY 2018 budget but equally important, the City will soon begin using its $40 million Parks Bond to begin the build out of its five new recently purchased parks.  Construction documents are currently being prepared for the neighborhood and pocket parks, as well as for the linear park.  The construction documents will be made available to the public once they are ready, and a timeline for construction will be set by the City Council soon thereafter.
 
The City Council will also continue to make decisions regarding the use of the incoming TSPLOST funding from Fulton County, which will amount to approximately $82 million, for road improvements and other transportation-related projects.  It has already approved engineering and concept design funding on four of the 10 projects listed on the City’s TSPLOST Tier 1 list
 
One of the projects for which funding is approved related to engineering and concept design, is the McGinnis Ferry Road widening from Union Hill to Sargent roads, which is a joint project with Forsyth County, Alpharetta, and Milton.  Another top tier project includes the widening of State Bridge Road from Medlock Bridge Road/SR 141 to the Chattahoochee River, which aligns with a similar project by Gwinnett County on the other side of the river.  The funding also includes the project slated for intersection improvements at Barnwell Road and Holcomb Bridge Road, and finally, the project outlining operational and safety improvements along the Bell and Boles roads corridor. 
 
Please continue visit the City’s website to view important updates such as the approved FY 2018 Budget, the progress on our parks buildout, and for the latest on road improvement projects.  You can also sign up for one of many social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and NextDoor, and we will send the information directly to you.  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.