City Approves FY’17 Budget

City Pool Renamed In Honor Of The Late Roger Johnson
The commission approved (6-0) that a $10.00 senior citizen discount be created for citizens that meet certain requirements. These requirements include: age 65 or older, must be a primary residential account on residential rates, must be an owner of the utility account with full privileges on the account, and they must activate the senior citizen discount option by contacting the Customer Care Department at the City of Douglas to verify the above.
The Mayor and Commission adopted a resolution approving the (6-0) FY’17 budget during Monday night’s meeting. The total budget, which was announced during a public hearing during the last commission meeting, of $78,265,954.00 will begin July 1, 2016, and end on June 30, 2017.
In the budget, the general fund revenue total came to a total of $14,699.788.00, the utilities fund revenue is $48,093,498.00, the special revenue funds total is $12,405,169.00, the employment benefit trust fund is $2,622,848.00, and the workers compensation insurance trust comes to a total of $444,652.00.
The majority of the special revenue funds, $9,936.030.00, is designated for SPLOST funds, which are collected locally to fund capital projects within the City of Douglas. Of the utilities funds, $31,476,751.00 is collected from the electric unit.
The Mayor and Commission also approved (6-0) to amend the FY’16 City of Douglas Budget to reflect changes that have occurred since the adoption of that budget on June 8, 2015, changing the budget from $74,392,447.00 to $74,064,876.00
The proposed FY’16 amended budget included an adjustment to the general fund by $282,874.00 to reflect a total increase in revenue and expenditures changing the total budget from $14,299,321.00 to $14,582,195.00, the utility funds stayed the same at $49,359,039.00, the special revenues funds dropped by $1,000,000.00 (which is SPLOST funds) changing the total from $7,723,763.00 to $6,723,763, the employee benefit fund (health) increased by $600,000.00 changing the budget from $2,409,348.00 to $2,997,879.00, and the worker’s compensation insurance trust fund dropped by $200,000.00 changing the budget from $600,976 to $401,000. 
The city pool will now be known as Roger Johnson City Pool after the commission unanimously approved the name change to honor the late Roger Johnson. Johnson passed away on November 22, 2014, following a brief illness. 
Johnson was employed as Department Head for the City of Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation Department and a 30 year active member of the Georgia Parks and Recreation Department.
Roger received numerous awards throughout his years of service at the state level. Some of these include the James A. Collay Distinguished Professional Award, which is the highest award in GRPA at the district level, the Parks and Recreation Professional Award, and, under his tenure as director, the department received the Georgia Professional Park Society Agency Award several times. Johnson also received the Parks and Recreation Service Award and served on the GRPA Board of Trustees. Numerous times, he served as the State Athletic Committee Representative as well as the District 2 Chairman of the Athletic Committee for GRPA.
Before approving, Commissioner Kentaiwon Durham stated, “I am definitely in favor of this. Mr. Johnson worked extremely hard and deserves to be honored.”
The Mayor and Commission approved (4-0) an authorization of a contact with Statewide Engineering for all the engineering work for the Satilla Industrial Park. The total project price is a grand total of $4,046,000.00 that will be used out of SPLOST V funds.
When the SPLOST was last approved, $4,000,000.00 was set aside for this upcoming project. This project is known as a “shovel ready” park, meaning that once completed, the park will be ready for an industry to be constructed on the park.
City Manager Terrell Jacobs stated that the engineering process of the park will first take place, followed by the land acquisition and the construction of roads.
City Attorney Jerome Adams did approve and review the contract before it was presented to the commission during the meeting.
The commission approved (6-0) the BoJo Ella Rehab Project for a total cost of $1.3 Million to include engineering and project management costs to ESG Inc on the BoJo Ella lift station. According to Utilities Director Mike Hudson, the lift station is in desperate need of a major overhaul and this was a project they decided to fund out of their SPLOST funds/Wastewater System Improvements.
Hudson also stated that the project will take anywhere between nine and twelve months to complete.
The commission approved (6-0) that a $10.00 senior citizen discount be created for citizens that meet certain requirements. These requirements include: age 65 or older, must be a primary residential account on residential rates, must be an owner of the utility account with full privileges on the account, and they must activate the senior citizen discount option by contacting the Customer Care Department at the City of Douglas to verify the above.
Every two years on February 1, 2016, the citizens receiving this discount must re-do all the steps listed above to continue to be eligible, with one exception being if the senior citizen is placed in assisted living facility and no one is living at the utility service location and services are left on, the discount will continue.
The discount will be offered to the senior citizens before September 1, 2016.
Lastly, the Commission approved (6-0) the purchase of one 1500KVA, Type F, Pad Mount Transformer and one 150 KVA, Type E, Pad Mount Transformer from Gresco of Forsyth, Georgia, for a combined cost of $22,400.00. The transformers will be placed in the warehouse inventory and utilized by the Light Department as needed.  The low bid was reviewed by Utilities Director Mike Hudson.  
Mayor Tony Paulk and the City Commissioners will be attending a GMA conference in Savannah on Friday, June 24, 2016, from June 27, 2016, in Savannah, Georgia. 
The next meeting will take place on July 18, 2016, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.
 
 
 
 
 

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