Sandy Springs city officials propose to spend more than $95 million in 2016 through the city’s general fund budget. The proposed budget, scheduled to be adopted by the City Council on June 16, includes $25 million for capital projects, including nearly $18.9 million in expenses related to the development of the planned City Center, $5.2 million for transportation infrastructure and $960,000 for parks projects.

The city plans to collect the same 4.731 mills in property taxes it levied last year, according to City Manager John McDonough’s budget memo. The city projects total 2016 revenues at nearly $86 million. The difference between the revenue and expense numbers will be covered through use of prior year unreserved fund balance totaling more than $9.5 mllion.

The general fund budget provides for city operations. The city’s total budget, including special revenue funds, totals about $208 million.


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