Athens-Clarke Budget

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A series of budget meetings and public hearings is scheduled for the FY 2022 Athens-Clarke County budget. Mayor Kelly Girtz has proposed a $148 million-dollar measure, which is more than 5% higher than last year’s budget.

The mayor discussed the main concerns on Athens News Matters.

Athens News Matters: Kelly Girtz on Next Year's Budget

Apr 23, 2021
Rebecca Wright via The Red & Black

ACC Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to talk about the county’s financial picture and the budget for next year.

Athens-Clarke County Government

The Mayor and Commission will meet at 5:30 pm today for a special called session.


This evening, the Mayor and Commission will vote to approve an amendment to the annual operating and capital budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The goal of the amendment is to allocate money for expenses related to the acquisition of the Rock Hill Quarry, which will cost the Athens-Clarke County Government $23 million and be used as a long-term water storage facility. 

Mayor Kelly Girtz on FY21 Budget and Millage Rate

May 21, 2020

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.”

Mayor Kelly Girtz has submitted his Fiscal Year 2021 budget to Athens-Clarke Commissioners. The measure, with a $140 million general fund, proposes a cut in the millage rate, but as District 4 Commissioner Allison Wright explains, it’s a bit complicated.

“It’s very confusing, “according to Wright. “What has happened is the property assessments have gone up, but the state has us term that in a millage rate increase, so it goes from a property value increase but the Bill of Rights says it in millage rate.”