Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen says his proposed budget accomplishes what the city needs most; a sound fiscal plan, with cuts across the board. City council members are torn about the budget because of tax increases and now only time will tell if the budget will gain support.
"My concern is that we're asking our tax payers to pay more money," said Councilman Mike Daley.
In Mayor Shaheen's proposed 2012 budget there is a .79 increase in the millage rate, a move that will cost the average household around $2.50 a month and will generate an estimated $2 million a year for the city. The overall budget is around $60 million and Mayor Shaheen says it will move the city forward.
"This is going to be able to provide better services. Now I will tell you we have the lowest millage rate in the county. We got the lowest millage rate in the county so
"I still plan on sitting down and talking with the mayor, specifically. But the thing is, the mayor has ownership of the budget," said Councilman Daley.
Councilman Tom Shealy says there may be a few issues to iron out, but overall he's ready to pass the budget.
"There's going to be some questions. Not only that I think the citizens will ask, but some questions that we'll have, but I don't see any major road blocks that would keep us from getting together on the budget that's presented," said Shealy.
Mayor Shaheen says raising taxes a little bit is the best option for
"Now we have the choice. In the past they would cut the millage rate and layoff employees. There is two ways to do this you can layoff employees. But we're so lean right now that we won't be able to provide public safety and services to the citizens at this rate that we are right now which is very nominal for the citizens of Warner Robins," said Shaheen.
The 2012 budget will not be voted on at Monday's public hearing. If you would like to go the public hearing it will begin at 5:30, next Monday at
Mayor Shaheen says he cut around $300-thousand of expenditures in the 2012 budget. If you would like to see a copy of the proposed budget click this link.
Also a 7% tax increase on water and sewage passed in pre-council tonight. It still must be voted on during Monday's meeting to go into affect. It is estimated to cost each home around $2.50 more for their sewage and water bill.