The Brookhaven City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend its annual budget to hire four more
police officers and set aside $1 million in reserve – with no additional tax burden.
Additional revenue led the city to decrease the budget by more than $628,000.
council, with assistance from the city manager, has worked hard to
maintain a lean budget by implementing fiscally conservative spending
practices,” Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said.
“We received more revenue than we anticipated.”
of that revenue will be used to hire four additional police officers
and three more Georgia Criminal Information Center (GCIC) assistants.
The GCIC team will allow the police department
to answer residents’ calls 24 hours a day, in addition to running
criminal histories and collecting bonds.
The new officers will bring the city’s force, which launched July 31, to 58 officers.
city is also setting aside $1 million in reserve, which will help the
city secure a healthy bond rating for future capital projects.
is rare for new governments – especially during these difficult
economic times – to be able to set aside such a hefty reserve. We are
proud to say we did it during our first year of operations,”
City Manager Marie L. Garrett said.
July, the council adopted an annual budget of $16.5 million with a
millage rate of 2.85 mills. The new adjusted budget is about $15.8 million.
This article was prepared by the city and edited for publication.