No private citizens were present on Monday evening for the City’s public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

The budget, balanced at $3.8 million in revenues and expenditures, does not anticipate a tax increase or any increase in city fees or rates. 

Additionally, City Manager Carter Crawford alerted council to anticipate reduced revenues in SPLOST and LOST, due in large part to shelter in place orders of the past few months. 

On the expense side, Carter said the budget includes a 2 percent across the board salary increase for city employees and a lump-sum performance payment for qualified full-time employees in December. Employee retirement will be at 6% of employee salaries. 

The city will apply for a $1.5 million GEFA (Georgia Environmental Finance Authority) grant for major water/sewer improvements, Crawford said.

Anticipated capital projects in FY 2021 include $1.2 million in utility projects, $105,000 in streets & lanes projects and $50,000 in police equipment. 

Additionally, Crawford said, the city will begin remodeling the animal shelter using donated funds.

Council plans to adopt their FY21 budget at their regular June meeting on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Due to anticipated continuation of guidance from CDC, Department of Health, and the Governor’s Office we will broadcast this meeting via teleconference: Call-in number: 701-802-5320 (meeting ID: 5547584). This is not a toll-free number and you may incur charges.

Questions before or following the meeting can be directed to City Clerk Angie Conner at (912)685-2527 or email


County to hold hearing June 15

Candler County Board of Commission will hold a public hearing regarding their FY2021 budget on Monday, June 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the commissioners’ office. Commissioners are scheduled to adopt the budget at a called meeting on June 22 at 5 p.m.

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