City Manager Proposes Public Safety Enhancements in 2016 Budget

City Manager Stephanie Cutter on Wednesday proposed to City Council a $364 million 2016 Budget that enhances public safety and road maintenance while remaining fully balanced and structurally sound without a property tax increase.

The budget overview came during the first day of City Council’s twoday Budget Retreat at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center in Effingham County.

“The City of Savannah has a lot to be proud of,” City Manager Stephanie Cutter said. “We are making all of these improvements, and we are doing it without raising the property tax rate, which is impressive.”

The budget is balanced with an expected: • 1.2 percent increase

($811,680) in property tax revenue • 2.7 percent increase

($1,016,540) in sales tax revenue • 4.8 percent increase

($450,000) in hotel/ motel tax revenue • $2.3 million decrease in reimbursements from Chatham County for Savannah-Chatham

Metropolitan Police

Department costs due to a renegotiated intergovernmental agreement

The proposed budget can be viewed online at, or in-person at the Clerk of Council’s Office in City Hall or at the Bull Street Library.

Public hearings on the 2016 Proposed Budget will be held at 2 p.m Thursday, Dec. 10, in Council Chambers in City Hall. The budget is scheduled for adoption Dec. 10.

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