Chatham County Commissioners get a look at proposed FY19 budget

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - After months of work, Chatham County staff and the county manager have come up with a proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year.

County Commissioners put eyes on the proposal for the first time Friday.

All told, it's a $192-million budget, and over the next few weeks, commissioners and the public will be giving their feedback and input on staff's recommendations.

County Manager Lee Smith and his team are setting up individual meetings with commissioners to take a deeper dive into the numbers in the coming days. 
Smith says in the proposal document that the budget recommendations include projects for the next fiscal year like completing Memorial Stadium, beginning construction of a new fleet facility and finalizing plans for Quacco Road construction - just to name a few projects. Smith leveled with commissioners - sharing what he sees as one of the biggest changes from the 2018 budget to the 2019 budget.

"You'll begin to see, really the major changes that affect the budget. For us this coming year it is the E-911 because we're taking on that entire budget, plus we are taking on a deficit from the city of Savannah. Also accepting revenues that will come, it used to we'd transfer to the city, that will stay with the county," Smith said.

The county is currently working with a consultant, I-X-P Corporation, to determine best practices for running the E-911 facility. The county takes control from Savannah January 1, 2019.

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