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City budget retreat Friday
Work session on alcohol rules Tuesday before regular meeting
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Statesboro City Council will hold its annual budget “retreat,” to hear requests from departments and funded agencies and projections from the city manager and finance director Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Another special meeting is slated for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, but on a different subject, potential changes to the Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance. That session will be followed by the council’s second regular meeting of April at 5:30 p.m. Both special sessions are open to the public.

 

Friday retreat

As has been the practice for several years, the council will retreat no further Friday than its chambers at City Hall, where the work session on the budget can last much of the day. The budget will actually be approved at later meetings, but the retreat will help indicate the course of spending and demands on taxes and fees for the city’s fiscal year 2018, which begins this July 1.

The current, fiscal 2017, budget projected almost $56.5 million in revenues and more than $52 million in spending.

This includes a $14.35 million general fund receiving property taxes and license fees, plus almost $10 million in other governmental funds such as those that receive Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue, hotel-motel taxes, fire service fees and various grants. Self-funded enterprises including the water and sewer and natural gas funds, among others, make up as almost as large a portion of the overall budget as the governmental funds.

 

Alcohol work session

Although City Council adopted a new Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance one year ago and has recently made some major revisions, the Alcohol Advisory Board has examined possible changes the council has yet to adopt. One ordinance section, which city officials say could be discussed again Tuesday, prohibits some kinds of drink specials and attempts to regulate pricing.

 

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