ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's proposed budget is packed with good news for residents.
The $272.9 million budget does not include any utility rate increases and calls for a millage rate roll-back.
The proposal reduces the rate from 9.804 to 9.8.
That's about $400 per $100,000 home.
It also includes six new initiatives that are part of the City Strategic Plan 2023.
Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said there's a number of new initiatives they are looking to create through the budget for 2019. She said they will fully be able to fund the projects without citizens seeing increases in property or utility taxes.
Hubbard said they have looked at what is needed for every department within the City.
One thing they are looking to fund is new automated meters to determine utility bills for downtown buildings. City leaders are working with SPLOST dollars and plan to repave many bad streets in Albany.
Recently they took a GPS tracking system to determine the worst streets and plan to redo those based on immediate need.
"You know we think we have really put our SPLOST dollars which is our special local option sales tax, we think we really put those into work and we are at this point paving streets and we'll be looking at the other initiatives on the referendum that will allow us to do the things that we need to do," said Hubbard.
Commissioners have already approved the first round of streets that will be paved during the first phase.
The plan is to have all Albany streets brought up to par in the next couple of years.