1. Taxpayer Bill of Rights Public Hearings for FY21 Budget

    Before the Mayor and Commission finalizes the FY21 Budget and sets the 2020 millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the budget. Read on...
  2. FY21 Mayor's Recommended Budget Submitted to the Commission for Review

    The FY21 Budget for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 proposes a millage rate of 13.825 for property tax year 2020, which is 0.125 below FY20. A series of budget-related meetings are scheduled through June 4, when the budget is scheduled for adoption. Read on...
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Developing Budgets

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.

FY21 Mayor Recommended Budget: The FY21 Mayor Recommended Budget was released on April 30, 2020.  The Athens-Clarke County Commission is scheduled to review the FY21 Recommended Budget on the following dates:

  • May 21, 2020 (Thursday) 5:30 pm
  • May 28, 2020 (Thursday) 5:30 pm
  • June 3, 2020 (Wednesday) 5:30 pm
  • June 11, 2020 (Thursday) 5:30 pm (IF NEEDED)

Public Comment:  A Public Hearing on the FY21 Recommended Budget is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2020 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 FY21 Budget at special called meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Commission Chamber.

FY20 Approved Budget:  On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the Mayor and Commission approved the budget for the fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)