Even though we are dealing with an unexpected public health crisis, the routine business of the city must still get done. To that end, the city is working on its budget for the next fiscal year (which runs from July 2020 through June 2021).
In the past, I have felt like council and the public have not had enough input into the process, which was typically been driven mostly by staff. While city staff play an important role in the budgeting process, I believe think it's important that the budget reflect the priorities of our city council (and of the public), which has been my driving concern while working on the upcoming budget meetings. My own priorities are to ensure that we find a way to begin paying our police a wage that is competitive with what other nearby cities offer, as well as keeping the overall budget flat and beginning to anticipate challenges we'll face in the wake of COVID-19 (many of the biggest hits to Doraville will probably not come until next year).
The council will be meeting to discuss the budget on Monday. You can sign up to view the meeting here.