Mayor Kelly Girtz making a virtual visit the WUGA studio this week. One of the most pressing issues the Mayor discussed, the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.
Girtz says he is not calling for a property tax increase.
“I’ve proposed a slight lowering of the millage rate by an eighth of a point,” Girtz said. “I’ve proposed that we also lower the liquor licensing fee by half in a deep dive for Fiscal Year 2021, and we’ve also proposed that we lower water and sewer fees, both in terms of the base rate and in terms of the escalator that people realize as they use more water.”
Athens-Clarke County Commissioners are in the process of determining the budget for the 2022 Fiscal Year. We speak with a County Commissioner about where your tax dollars are going and what you need to know.
As part of putting together the budget for the 2022 Fiscal Year, the Mayor and Commission are hearing from independent agencies to determine how much funding each organization will receive for the year.
Project Safe Director Joan Prittie said that postponed jury trials from the pandemic called for the expansion of their services.
"There is a backlog of serious domestic violence cases from last year that have not been pursued, so we're working with victim advocates from the DA's office on that, we're excited about that."