The annual operating and capital budget is the financial plan for raising revenues and expending funds for all Athens-Clarke County departments, offices, and constitutional officials. The budget year begins on July 1. In advance of the beginning of the fiscal year, departments and constitutional officials submit operating and capital budget requests for review by the Manager and the Mayor. The Mayor submits a recommended budget to the Commission for review no later than April 30 each year. The Commission reviews the Mayor’s Recommended Budget and can make any adjustments necessary prior to adopting the budget in June.
The Annual Budget and Budget in Brief can be viewed online or at the Clerk of Commission’s Office, Room 204 of City Hall, or at the Athens Regional Library on Baxter Street.
Budgets for previous years can be found in the Financial Reports section.
Each year, the Budget Division also prepares a report comparing property taxes for Athens-Clarke County, contiguous counties, and counties of similar size.
FY20 Mayor Recommended Budget: The FY20 Mayor Recommended Budget was released on April 30, 2019. The Athens-Clarke County Commission is scheduled to review the FY20 Recommended Budget on the following dates:
- May 6, 2019 (Monday) 5:30 pm 120 Dougherty St. Governmental Building Auditorium
- May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) 5:30 pm 120 Dougherty St. Governmental Building Auditorium
- May 13, 2019 (Monday) 5:30 pm (IF NEEDED) 120 Dougherty St. Governmental Building Auditorium
Public Comment: A Public Hearing on the FY20 Recommended Budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Commission Chamber located on the second floor of City Hall, 301 College Avenue.
Budget Adoption: The Athens-Clarke County Commission is scheduled to adopt the FY20 Budget at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Commission Chamber.
FY19 Approved Budget: On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, the Mayor and Commission approved the budget for the fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)