Council members were also briefed on improvements in the city’s procurement process, the latest state financial reporting requirements for local elected officials, the Georgia Open Records Act and the council’s ongoing initiative to electronically streamline the legislative process for greater public transparency.
“Our retreats are a time to have candid discussions among the legislative body on both housekeeping measures and important emerging issues,” said council President Ceasar C. Mitchell. “Training was at the top of our priority list for this particular retreat as we work to more effectively serve the residents of our city.”
The city’s municipal clerks organized the training session.
Also during the one-day meeting, which was open to the public, Chief Financial Officer Jim Beard gave council members a broad over-view of the upcoming city budget. The proposed fiscal 2015 budget spending plan is scheduled to be delivered to the council for review during the week of April 25.
The city council will begin budget briefings with department heads to access their needs and performance results starting May 1. The final budget is expected to be adopted June 16.
“Our goal for [fiscal 2015] is to invest in efficiency in city government while providing the best in city service delivery as possible,” Mitchell said.
According to the finance department, the city is projecting to collect $544 million in revenue during fiscal 2015, which begins July 1.