Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis is proposing a $15.7 million budget for the new city's fiscal year of 2013.
In a memorandum sent to the city council on Friday, Jan. 25, Davis saidthe budget will present challenges.
"Our first year budget revenues are significantly less than they will be in our first full year of operations and revenue projected for 2014," he said. "However, our FY 2013 Budget anticipates enough revenue to support a responsive and transparent city while remaining within the millage rate cap outlined in the charter.
"For our first year, I recommend we adopt the 3.35 mill maximum outlined in the charter. Though my preference is a lower millage rate, I do not feel that would be a responsible recommendation for our first year due to the high level of demands from years of neglect, the significant revenue sources not received until 2014, a troubled real estate market just starting to rebound, and the unknown expenses we may face during our first year."
Some notable items from Davis' proposed budget:
- $2.25 million police budget
- $1.7 million for public works
- $3.9 million for finance and administration
- $328,133 for parks and recreation