The Doraville City Council approved a balanced general fund budget of nearly $15.3 million for fiscal year 2020 at its regular meeting on Monday night. The budget represents an increase of about 2.7 percent from 2019. The City's millage rate remains unchanged at 10.000 mills.
The budget focuses largely on maintaining the City's current service and staffing levels and existing initiatives such as police staffing and street and park maintenance. Police services are the City's largest expenditure category, representing about 47 percent of the general fund budget, or $7.25 million.
Although property taxes remain the City's largest source of revenue, the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, is significant. The SPLOST program, which began in April 2018, is a six-year sales tax program to be used for specific capital purposes as approved by voters. The first payment of the current SPLOST program was received in May 2018, and the City expects to receive approximately $9.4 million over the life of the current program.