Warner Robins Mayor proposes budget for 2018

Warner Robins mayor proposes budget increase

 Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms unveiled his first budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018

At Monday night's pre-council meeting, Mayor Toms unveiled his proposed $41.8 million general fund budget.

Even though the budget would increase, the millage rate would not.

“No, right now there's not a millage rate increase,” Toms said in his office.

In 2017, the City's general fund budget was approved at $39.8 million, so Toms is proposing a $2 million increase.

Mayor Toms says he thinks revenues will beat expectations.

“Warner Robins is growing again and that's an exciting thing and so I think we're going to see more of a growth than has been predicted in this budget,” Toms said.

In 2017, revenues were $40,017,900. In 2018, the expected revenues will total $41,874,340. However, that increase does include $2,687,141 that would come from the City’s reserve funds.

Under the proposed budget, Public Safety would increase $1,242,175.

Judicial and Recreation department spending would increase by more than $500,000 each.  

But Toms says Recreation is taking existing costs from Public Works.

“Some personnel, which always adds a lot of costs, ongoing costs. We had some personnel, 5 in fact, that moved over from public works to recreation,” Toms said after the meeting.

Combining all City funds, operations for the city of Warner Robins in fiscal 2018 will be $101,712,456, according to the proposal.  

Warner Robins will have a public hearing on the budget on June 5th. 

Public Safety accounts for 56-percent of the proposed 2018 General Fund Budget, according to the proposal documents. 

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