Fulton County Commissioners Approve Final 2016 Budget Key investments include Justice Reinvestment, Roads, Police Body Cameras, and More
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At their January 20, 2016 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a final 2016 budget. The $669 million General Fund budget will fund a range of services for citizens in six key priority areas. Â Â
â€śToday was a great example of what can be accomplished when we set the right priorities. Budgets are never perfect and they are never easy,â€ť said Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman John H. Eaves. â€śBut what we achieved today ensures that our vital services will continue and the overall quality of life for Fulton residents will be enriched.â€ť
The General Fund budget aligns budget priorities with the recently adopted Strategic Plan, as well as innovation and efficiency measures. Among these is Â $5 million Justice Re-Investment Initiative which seeks to reduce the jail population, and to develop an integrated court system through a series of new programs. These funds represent approximately 2.5% of the total investment in the Fulton County Justice System. The Justice System as a whole equates to approximately 40% of the General Fund budget.
The 2016 budget also includes a number of investments to improve key infrastructure areas. These include allocations of $20 million dollars to capital improvements at Fulton County government offices and facilities; $6 million for IT Infrastructure, and $5 million for transportation projects in unincorporated Fulton County. In addition, the Budget allocates funding for evaluation and development of a plan to address a minimum â€śliving wageâ€ť salary for permanent, full-time employees.
Commissioners also allocated funds to law enforcement in the unincorporated Fulton County through the South Fulton Tax District budget. Â These dollars will pay for the salaries of 9 additional Fulton County Police officers and fund body cameras and police vehicle dash cameras. Â In addition, the budget allocates funds for a new Parks Security program within the Parks and Recreation Department.
â€śWe are pleased to present a budget that emphasizes outcomes for citizens instead of simply funding expenses,â€ť says County Manager Dick Anderson. Â â€śOur Board of Commissioners has demonstrated great vision in establishing a budget that will maximize impact in our six priority areas.â€ť
For more information, visit Fulton Countyâ€™s website at www.fultoncountyga.gov or connect with Fulton County government on Twitter at @FultonInfo or Facebook at /FultonInfo.