Preliminary 2019 budget reveals big plans for Tifton

Preliminary 2019 budget reveals big plans for Tifton
Preliminary Fiscal Budget for 2019. (Source: WALB)
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith. (Source: WALB)
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith. (Source: WALB)
Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski. (Source: WALB)
Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski. (Source: WALB)

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - The city of Tifton has some big plans in place for 2019 with its preliminary fiscal budget.

Though officials are unable to release the exact amount of funding for the fiscal budget, the city has plans to improve some of it's most important aspects.

The Friendly City is seeking out some upgrades for 2019.

"We really want to make sure we are being very frugal and being as smart as we possibly can with the city's tax dollars," said Tifton Mayor Julie Smith.

Smith said this is a long process but a priority of the council is to improve public safety.

"Making sure that those departments are fully staffed, that they have the equipment that they need, they have the training that they need to serve our community," said Smith.

Leaders also plan to work with other city officials to create more jobs.

City Manager Pete Pyrzenski said a new economic development department will help advance that effort.

"Focusing on growing the tax base and I think that's most important. That's primarily the number one focus of this particular department," explained Pyrzenski.

The budget also proposes a pay increase for city employees.

"It's been a while since we've done that so we want to make sure that our employees understand they are appreciated and we know they work very hard," said Smith.

The public hearing for the budget is scheduled for June 4, and the community is encouraged to attend.

The city council will hold the final vote on June 18.

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