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Johnson to see what could be cut without jeopardizing city services. The finance director came back with a budget that omitted a $180,000 log-loader truck for the parks and forestry division, two $18,000 pickup trucks for the zoning office, and $70,000 worth of new police vehicles: an unmarked detective's car and a replacement van for the Special Response Team. Also postponed, Mr. Johnson said, was a $50,000 outlay for document-scanning equipment and software to digitize old Georgia Municipal Court records, and $20,000 was cut from both the streets and community programs accounts, for a total of $376,000.
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On the revenue side, the finance director identified $130,000 in municipal-court fees that are already being collected, but were omitted from the preliminary budget, and $107.550 in interdepartmental revenue belonging to the city's information technology department. The IT department charges other city departments for its services, Mr. Johnson explained, and while an increase in those fees was budgeted for the other departments, the extra revenue was initially overlooked in calculating IT's revenue. The budget represents a $746,496, or 2.82 percent, spending increase over Georgia's $26.5 million budget for 2009. "I'm pleased that city council and the administration have been able to prepare a budget before the end of the year," Mayor John Smith said after the vote. "It's a great help with planning and operations," he said. "I'm never happy to have a deficit budget, but in these difficult times, it seems appropriate to spend some of the surplus we built up during better times in order to maintain a constant level of services for our residents." 1. Which (5) fund types are mentioned in the December 16 article about the City of Georgia? Identify each fund in the article and its fund type. 2. The December 22 article talks about making a 3.75 million dollar transfer to help balance the budget. Why would voter approval be required for this transfer? 3. What are the pros and cons to making the transfer mentioned? 4. There has been little press this year related to
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the budget process. What factors might influence how much press the budget process gets?
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