Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will propose to City Council a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14), which is the period from Jul0y 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. He will make this presentation at a Special Called Meeting of City Council on Tuesday, May 14, beginning at 5:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live online at www.maconbibb.tv. The presentation and proposed budget will be available to the public beginning Wednesday, May 15.
The proposed FY14 budget was developed after many weeks of dedicated effort by Department Heads and staff, and it was done with the pending consolidation in mind and guided by our Strategic Plan and within the B.E.S.T. framework.
The general fund budget is 2.6% less than last fiscal year and 7.4% less than FY2012. The millage rate is proposed to remain the same at 9.7 mils. Despite the reduced general fund, the City is still able to provide services to our community and support projects and initiatives to improve our neighborhoods. Funding is included for:
- Macon-Bibb County Consolidation
- Additional firefighters for new stations
- 100 hardwood trees
- Greener Macon initiatives, including litter pickup and the Gateway Project
- Ongoing housing demolition
- 5x5 Program
Budgetary Impact of Consolidation
This is an historic budget for the City of Macon as it will be the last budget for a government that has existed since 1823. In January 2014, the new, consolidated Macon-Bibb County will begin serving our community as a municipal and county government. With that transition in mind, the City has prepared half of the budget for the current government and the other half for the new government. Revenues are calculated for the entire FY14, but expenditures are calculated in six month halves. The first six months are prepared in detail, but the second six months are reflected as a single line item so the new Macon-Bibb County government will have the discretion to build a new financial structure. The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government will be assisting the the City and County in compiling the full first 6 months budget of the new government.
With pending consolidation of city and county governments, the administration of the City of Macon developed a Strategic Plan for the remaining months to focus on three competing – but complimentary – areas through January 2014.