Commissioners discuss first variation of 2022 budget

Community, Police & Government

DAHLONEGA, Ga – The Lumpkin County Commissioners’ work session consisted of the budget proposal for the 2022 fiscal year, including a presentation on how the budget would be broken down.

Finance Director Abby Branan proposed the new budget for the 2022 fiscal year. The budget break down includes 11 requested full-time positions, 2 part-time positions, requisite Aquatic Center positions carried over from last years budget, also considered is an implementation of the salary and compensation study, merit increase, some minor equipment purchases, and capital purchases, $220,000 for self-insurance funding, COLA or cost of living adjustment, absorption of SAFER employees’ salaries/benefits, the opening of the aquatic center, purchase of UPD Vehicle, inventory Tracking System, anticipated increases in liability and workers’ compensation insurance, and lastly vast reduction in the number of inmates housed in the Detention Center. Also, the coroner has requested to move to salary pay for himself and his first deputy coroner.

“The proposed budget before edits for the 2022 fiscal year is $25,160,296.00,” stated Branan.

This is a 2.2 million dollar increase from the previous fiscal year with 1.2 of that coming from the salary study. The next steps for this budget are for the board of commissioners to meet with the different departments and make sure what they need is being accounted for and then once the study is complete calculate the millage rate and revise the budget as needed.

“This will also be the last year of the SAFER grant so the majority of that will fall on the county next year,” stated Branan.

The majority of the revenue remains taxes with that being 78% of the revenue, and the majority of the expenditures are public safety that is 46%. These numbers don’t change much from year to year.

“We are looking at 2.2 and 1.2 percent of that is the salary study so even just said we didn’t do a salary study we just pushed that aside there would still be a proposed 1 million dollar increase in the budget just to maintain the current level of service,” stated Chairman Chris Dockery.

Board reviewing budget presentation featured is Jeff Moran District 4 left, Chairman Chris Dockery center and Rhett Stringer District 3

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