There will be three contested city council races in Winder this fall, while Mayor David Maynard appears to be heading for a third term.
The city’s utility budget, which is water and sewer, changed the most. The council added slightly more than $100,000 in revenue and expenses. The water and sewer budget is $1.665 million.
The Statham City Council tabled nearly as many items as it approved at its meeting July 16.
The Statham City Council faces big changes starting in January.
A fixture in Statham, Mayor Robert Bridges, will end his tenure at the end of December.
Bridges, who has been mayor for 20 years, has made it official — he will not seek another term.
According to the proposed budget, the city would spend $1.5 million for operations, about $8,000 less than current levels, and another $1.5 million in its utility fund, $19,000 more than FY2019.
The budget, as presented last week, proposes to spend $1.5 million in the utility fund, only $19,000 more than the current year, and another $1.5 million in the city’s operations, about $8,000 less than current levels.
The preliminary budget includes $25,000 for contracted labor in code enforcement and another $30,000 in contracted labor under buildings.
The Statham City Council unanimously approved accepting a $135,000 grant to the Statham Public Library for an expansion project Tuesday night.
The changes would require city council approval to hire or fire a city administrator, city clerk, city attorney and department heads. Now the mayor hires and fires all of those positions.