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Milton’s budget puts priority on innovation, economic development


MILTON, Ga. — The Milton City Council unanimously approved its fiscal year 2018 budget Monday night with emphasis beyond just balance and raw numbers.

Assistant City Manager Stacey Inglis said this year’s budget is focused on innovation to the city’s systems and attracting business growth.

“The year’s budget leans more toward innovative solutions,” she said.

Within the budget are streamlining efforts for the Community Development Department, making it easier to add to city’s archives and make them more available to the public.

The city’s court will receive a new management system that is covered by a grant for 2018 and will have “minimal” cost in later years.

Laptops for police cruisers will see an upgrade designed to enhance efficiency and allow the computers to be placed in areas less susceptive to damage in vehicles.

The city will look to provide these upgraded services for what they hope will be an influx in business growth, another point of emphasis in the 2018 budget.

“We are trying to attract more businesses in certain areas,” Inglis said. “To get those businesses to come, we have to offer them a reason to locate to Milton, not in Alpharetta or other neighboring cities.”

Within the budget are funds devoted to locate businesses and commercial properties the city hopes to attract. Inglis said these studies are vital to find the “right” ventures for the Deerfield area.

A similar study is in the works for the Ga. 9 corridor.

Milton will also put $50,000 toward its business incubator in the hopes of attracting startups and economic development.

The city’s overall operating budget is down 3 percent from 2017.

This includes $112,000 in savings by no longer leasing the old city hall space.

Property tax revenues are expected to rise 2.3 percent.

Also at Monday’s meeting, first presentation was given for the city’s maintenance and operational millage rate which remains at 4.731 mills, the same rate since the city’s incorporation.

Added to this year’s rate is a 0.321 increase from the Greenspace Bond, putting the total mill rate at 5.052. The city will pay only interest for its bond this year, meaning the millage rate will increase in fiscal year 2019 for the city’s general obligation fund.

The maintenance and operation rate will be up for approval at this Monday’s meeting.

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