Early Look at Proposed Budget Indicates No Tax Increase Ahead in 2018


County Manager Stan Kelley

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The good news that came out of this week’s Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners work session is that there “appears” to be no tax increase for county residents in 2018, although commissioners won’t know for sure until the digest is finalized and the final budget resolution is approved next month.

Commissioners will be meeting with department heads on Monday to review their individual budget requests.

County Manager Stan Kelley said, “I appreciate the work of our budget committee. We were concerned that we would not be able to present you a budget that didn’t include a tax increase, but we found a way to work it out. Thanks also to our Finance Director (Allison Martin) for many late nights of working on it.”

The proposed budget is estimated at $21,214,798 or about $596,000 higher than last year.

“Of course we don’t have the final digest numbers yet, but based on early estimates, we think the digest will yield about $117,000 in additional revenue,” Kelley added.

Several new positions have been added, including one full-time tax specialist,  two communications specialists in the E-911 Center and two deputies in the Sheriff’s Office.

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