Adairsville approves 2013 budget, sets permit fees
by Jason Lowrey
Dec 14, 2012 | 1699 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville’s 2013 budget projects a total of $9,826,000 in revenue and $9,208,300 in expenditures, as approved by the city council during its Thursday night meeting.

Among the expenditures were renovations to city hall, and finding temporary housing for city operations while the renovation is ongoing. The Adairsville Police Department also is slated to begin the first phase of acquiring replacements for its patrol cars using 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars. Three fully-quipped cars are planned for in the budget.

The water department also will continue its repair campaign. The budget calls for replacing the chlorine gas method of treating water with the safer liquid chlorine method and replacing any malfunctioning components in the water system.

The council also set fees for the special-use permits for pawn shops, flea markets and bed and breakfast inns. Owners of pawn shops and flea markets must pay $150 each year, while bed and breakfast operators must pay $50.

Permit amounts were set according the cost of issuing them, City Manager Pat Crook said.

“They’re in an amount sufficient to offset administrative fees. They [pawn shops and flea markets] require background checks and that kind of thing,” she said.

Although the ordinance requiring the various permits was passed in February, it did not set fee amounts. Crook said the city was setting the amounts now as December is when notices for new business licenses are sent out.

The delinquency date for the occupational tax was amended as well. The date was originally March 1, but the city found that too many businesses were waiting until three months into year to pay their occupancy tax, Crook said after the council’s Nov. 8 meeting. The new delinquency date is now Jan. 31.

Other city council business included:

• Amending the 2012 budget.

• Approving a deferred compensation plan with the Georgia Municipal Association.

• Approving a resolution designating the Bartow County Community Development Department as the Cartersville-Bartow County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is required in order to receive federal transportation funding.

• Approving Adairsville’s participation in the Cartersville-Bartow County MPO.

• Approving the council’s 2013 meeting schedule.

• Approving the Adairsville Planning Commission’s 2013 meeting schedule.

• Approving the Short Term Work Plan for 2013 to 2017 as part of the county-wide comprehensive plan submitted to the state.

The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at city hall.