UPDATED: County Commission Approves FY 2021 Budget; Sunday Sales Ordinance Delayed for Election Certification


by: Summer Kelley

The proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget for Dade County was approved Thursday evening during a Special Called meeting.

The proposed budget was loaded online to the county’s website and a public hearing was held a week ago to allow questions and concerns regarding the budget to be addressed to the commission, Deputy County Clerk, and department heads. The approved FY 2021 budget will be loaded to the county’s website at http://www.dadecounty-ga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/589/FY-2021-Budget-Summary-for-Website_v4?bidId=. This is a copy of the proposed $11,478,000 budget which is up from the original FY 2020 budget which was approved at $10,715,000. The budget shows that real property tax revenue for FY 2021 is down a little compared to the FY 2020 budget whereas property tax for the current year sees some increase as does the addition of some grant funds that were not a part of the FY 2020 budget.

Before the meeting began, commissioners announced that the first reading of the Ordinance allowing Sunday Sales of alcohol in Dade County, which passed in the recent election, was delayed until certification of the election at the state level was complete. Certification at the local level was completed Wednesday. County Executive Ted Rumley asked if the proposed ordinance had been loaded onto the county page as well due to the fact that it was based on the state guidelines.

“It mirrors almost exactly the state statute,” County Attorney Robin Rogers said before telling commissioners they could go ahead and put the Sunday Sales ordinance on the county website for people to preview.

Once election results are certified at the state level the county will hold two readings and then vote on adopting the ordinance.

The full meeting recording is available on our Facebook page, embedded below for your convenience.