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Guyton OKs budget for FY16
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Guyton City Council has adopted a budget for fiscal year 2016 that is a reduction from the previous year’s spending plan — but still allows the city to go about its business, according to City Manager Robert Black.

“I think so,” he said. “I think the budget looks extremely well in the fact we were able to balance the budget with projected revenues and expenditures, which is very important in today’s economy.”

The city’s general fund revenue is shrinking from $764,000 to $737,000. The city is projecting to get $12,400 less from Effingham County for recreation, under the service delivery agreements, but get an increase of nearly $16,000 for roads. Local option sales tax receipts are expected to bring in $249,000, an increase of $9,000 over the 2015 fiscal year.

While franchise taxes and beer and wine taxes are expected to remain level, the city is anticipating getting a sharp rise in building permits, from $12,000 in the proposed FY15 budget to $25,000 for this fiscal year.

The city expects to spend less on salaries for the city manager and city clerk and is cutting spending on professional services from $35,000 to $15,000. Guyton has added $20,800 to its budget for information technology.

Spending for Leisure Services is decreasing from $48,650 set aside in the FY15 budget to $32,900 for the FY16 budget.

The police department’s budget is going from $216,000 to $222,000. The fire department’s budget is $181,600, with $180,600 coming in revenues. The county’s fire payment is expected to cover nearly $146,000, and the city’s fire fees are projected to generate $29,680.

Special purpose local option sales tax revenue is projected to rise from $170,000 to $198,000.

“In the departments where we need to see increases, they were made,” Black said, “and there were other departments where we were able to make cuts and not hurt what we’re able to do for the citizens.”