The Dog Ate My Homework
A proposed 2019 Budget for the City of Johns Creek was presented to City Council on August 13, 2018 and identified five key themes:
- Budget Maturity
- "Promises Made, Promises Kept"
- Identifying the True Cost of Service
- Stormwater Infrastructure
An agenda item was included in the City Council Work Session for August 27, 2018 to discuss the 2019 budget. City Staff presented a variance analysis to help clarify deviations from the previous year's budget. In turn, Councilwoman Stephanie Endres introduced her own budget analysis based on detailed research that compared city budgets from 2017, 2018, and the proposed 2019 budget. It is important to note that Councilwoman Endres' profession is in accounting, and her depth of knowledge is an asset in her role on City Council.
An Executive Summary and detailed Budget Analysis document are posted below.
The initial response from Mayor Bodker was to criticize the submission of the analysis for a lack of lead time, but Councilwoman Endres made it clear that it was her intent to provide information to facilitate discussion and dialog.
Discussions that followed were substantive, and certainly opened consideration of topics and budget items that would not have been under consideration otherwise at this point in time. The full discussion can be seen on the city website at this link.
We applaud Councilwoman Endres for investing her time in performing a detailed analysis of the proposed 2019 budget.
She is doing her homework - the work she was elected to do on behalf of Johns Creek residents.