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BUDGET COMMISSION | Print |

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On June 15, 2016, a resolution by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners to enact a new budget law ordinance following the enactment of Senate Bill 274. Georgia’s General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 274 which repealed the Local Act setting forth the budget laws in Fulton County. Upon repeal of the Local Act, O.C.G.A. Sec. 36-81-3 provides that counties have the authority to adopt an ordinance to establish the fiscal year and budget preparation process. The Board of Commissioners of Fulton County has determined that it is in the best interest of the County to have a streamlined budget ordinance that provides the necessary legal requirements and removes previous burdensome provisions.

Sec. 2-261. - Proposal and adoption of budget. The Budget Commission shall submit or cause to be submitted annually to the Board of Commissioners, by no later than November 15, a proposed budget governing expenditures of all County funds, including capital outlay and public works projects, for the following year. The Budget Commission is composed of the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, the County Manager and the Chief Financial Officer. This proposed budget will serve, as presented, as the operating budget until a final budget is adopted by the board of Commissioners. The procedures for budget preparation, submission to the governing authority, review by the governing authority, public review, notice, and hearings shall be as provided for in Chapter 81 of Title 36 of the O.CO.A. [O.C.O.A. § 36-81-1 et seq.]. The budget shall then be adopted by the board of commissioners by no later than the second regular meeting in January of the year to which it applies, which budget, when so adopted by the board of commissioners, shall constitute the board of commissioners' appropriation of all funds for such year. The County Manager is authorized to take all administrative steps necessary to implement the budget as approved. The budget so adopted may be revised during the year only by formal action of the board of commissioners in a regular meeting which has been advertised in accordance with subsection (e) of Code Section 36-81-5 of the O.C.G.A. [O.C.G.A. § 36-81-5] and no increase shall be made in such budget without provision also being made for financing such increase. The proposed budget submitted by the Budget Commission shall be accompanied by a report containing information and data required by subsection (b) of Code Section 36-81-5 of the O.C.O.A. [O.C.O.A. § 36-81-5]. A copy of the proposed budget shall be transmitted to the County Clerk of the Commission of Fulton County on the date it is submitted to the board of Commissioners. Upon adoption of the budget, a copy shall be transmitted to the County Clerk of the Commission of Fulton County.

Sec. 2-262. - Expenditures in accordance with budget. No expenditure of county funds shall be made except in accordance with the county budget, or amendments thereto, adopted by the board of commissioners. The board of commissioners shall enforce compliance with this section by all departments of county government, including those for elected officers and, to this end, the Finance Director shall institute a set of controls and procedures in order to maintain sound financial policies and controls of all moneys appropriated and budgeted.

Contact(s):

Sharon Whitmore, Chief Financial Officer
Finance
141 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(O): (404) 612-7385
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RELEVANT DOCUMENTATION:

FULL BOARD DESCRIPTION
FULTON COUNTY BUDGET LAW
FULTON COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, DIVISION 2. - BUDGET LAW
GEORGIA LAWS, ACT 194; COUNTY BUDGET, MARCH 16, 1939
SENATE BILL 131; GA LAWS ACT 350, BUDGET IN CERTAIN COUNTIES, MARCH 2, 1953
HOUSE BILL 436; GA LAWS ACT 196, BUDGETS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES, MARCH 4, 1955
HOUSE BILL 495; GA LAWS ACT 363, BUDGETS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES, MARCH 9, 1956
SENATE BILL 274; NEW BUDGET LAW, 2016 SESSION
RESOLUTION BY THE FULTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO ENACT A NEW BUDGET LAW ORDINANCE FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF SENATE BILL 274

 
 

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