‘Glaring Deficit’ in Sanitation Revenue Collection

City of Dacula has collected $40,000 less than expected to date.

As city leaders begin the process of reviewing the proposed 2013 fiscal year budget, they must also deal with what City Administrator Jim Osborn described as a “glaring deficit” in sanitation fee collection for 2012.

The City of Dacula expected to collect $200,000. Instead, the total is now projected to be closer to $160,000. Compounding matters is the fact the city will spend over $300,000 to collect garbage for city residents.

“We’re in a big hole there,” Osborn said at the Oct. 25 Dacula City Council work session.

City revenue for 2012 has also fallen short for building and development permits. So far, the city has collected roughly half of the $30,000 projected for 2012. The city did, however, have additional revenue in 2012 from the Service Delivery Strategy settlement.

“I think we’re doing very well on expenses and revenue with the exception of building and development and sanitation,” Osborn said.

For 2013, the City of Dacula has a proposed budget of $2.2 million -- only $21,000 higher than the original 2012 budget. The proposed budget includes a 3 percent raise for city employees and two new computers for city administrative staff.

The public hearing for the 2013 budget is set for Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Dacula City Hall, 442 Harbins Road in Dacula. Council is expected to vote on the budget on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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M.K. OSBORNE October 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Unlike The County Dictator program This has been a staple of service provided by the City of Dacula for a long time and not challenged or changed by the people .If folks are not paying accordingly the current model does not work ,therefore the Mayor has provided his option which makes sense for the the city to operate this service as it is . However the public needs to evaluate this service and present the Mayor with other options at this time as they see fit .To do nothing would continue to subsidize and award those who should and do not pay .
Cynthia Montgomery January 09, 2013 at 03:39 AM
If we are short $30,000 in sanitation revenue and also going to give and additional $21,000 or 3% pay increase, won't we now be $51,000 in the hole. Sounds like democratic math to me! If we are short funds why are we handing out money we don't have. Let me see who will be paying for this short fall.


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