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Inside Historic find Graves found at Chastain Park golf course COMMUNITY 2

It was close County Commissioner Eaves wins by slim margin COMMUNITY 3

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MAY 30 — JUNE 12, 2014 • VOL. 8 — NO. 11

Graduation time!

Capital kudos History teacher earns trip to White House COMMUNITY 4

Glad for grads Graduation parties bring on the house cleaning ROBIN’S NEST 15

Vals and Sals Area high schools honor top graduates EDUCATION 16-18 PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Reporter Newspapers Small Business of the Year, 2013

Sandy Springs high schools celebrated their most recent graduates this month. Left, Lauren Callaway, a senior at Riverwood International Charter School, receives her diploma at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on May 23. Right, Miriam Burgess takes pictures of North Springs Charter High School graduates Maia Charanis, left, and her son, Salutatorian Steven Burgess on May 22. More photos on page 19.

City’s $90 million budget for 2015 includes millions in expenditures on new City Center, roads BY ANN MARIE QUILL


Sandy Springs taxpayers will get a chance to publicly address how the city spends its money when the first public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget is held June 3. The city’s $90 million general fund expenditure budget for 2015 includes $13.75 million for City Center Phase I implementation, $8.7 million for transportation improvements and no property tax increase. Transportation improvements on tap include $750,000 for the city’s sidewalk program, $500,000 for Abernathy and Johnson Ferry roads and $2.4 million for the Heards Ferry Elementary intersection.

Under the proposed budget, which the Sandy Springs City Council will consider approving on following a final public hearing June 17, the tax millage will hold steady at 4.731 mills. Projected revenue for 2015 is $83 million, up from $80 million in 2014. Projected general fund expenditures for 2015 are $90.1 million, up .93 percent from $89.3 million in 2014. To balance the budget, a general fund balance from 2014 of $7 million will carry over into the 2015 budget. SEE BUDGET, PAGE 5


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05-30-2014 Sandy Springs Reporter