Suwanee’s 2009 fiscal year budget went into effect July 1, 2008 with the approval from the City Council in June. The 2009 fiscal budget of $12,863,830 is an increase of 10.43 percent over the previous year's amended budget. The millage rate will remain at 5.77 – which has remained the same or has been reduced over the past six years.
Within Suwanee's 2009 fiscal budget is a public safety budget which will consist of hiring two additional police officers, the purchase of three police cars and one motorcycle. The city's budget also includes the implementation of a take-home car test program for police officers. The cost of this program is projected to cost $90,820 for the year. Many of the surrounding jurisdictions currently have take-home car programs for their police officers. This initiative will help the city of Suwanee remain competitive in attracting and retaining quality police officers.
Other Expenditures Include:
- Technology enhancements which includes digital records storage ($95,000)
- Update the city's website ($75,000) (www.Suwanee.com)
- Update to the 2001 Old Town Master Plan ($75,000 - Old Town & Suwanee Gateway areas)
- Directional signage ($88,800)
- Improvements to the current water system ($150,000) - most of which services the Old Town area.
- Staffing & equipment for Sims Park
- Completion of Suwanee's first individual MS4 stormwater permit
- Staff salary increases ($75,560)
- Annual bond payments ($1.62 million) for the 2002 Open Space Intitiative and new City Hall
Projected revenue for the city is expected to top $1 million this year keeping the city fiscally healthy! The budget should maintain the current service levels providing the citizens of Suwanee the quality of life they have come to enjoy and expect.
Source: CrossRoads (Suwanee's Official Newsletter, August, 2008)