Developing Budgets

The annual operating and capital budget is the financial plan for raising revenues and expending funds for all Athens-Clarke County departments, offices, and constitutional officials. The budget year begins on July 1. In advance of the beginning of the fiscal year, departments and constitutional officials submit operating and capital budget requests for review by the Manager and the Mayor. The Mayor submits a recommended budget to the Commission for review no later than April 30 each year. The Commission reviews the Mayor’s Recommended Budget and can make any adjustments necessary prior to adopting the budget in June. 

The Annual Budget and Budget in Brief can be viewed online or at the Clerk of Commission’s Office, Room 204 of City Hall, or at the Athens Regional Library on Baxter Street. 

Budgets for previous years can be found in the Financial Reports section.

Each year, the Budget Division also prepares a report comparing property taxes for Athens-Clarke County, contiguous counties, and counties of similar size.

FY24 Approved Budget:  On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, the Mayor and Commission approved the budget for the fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) with the changes listed in the document below. The full budget document will be published by July 6, 2023, in accordance with State law.

     Commission Budget Changes to Mayor Recommended Budget 

FY24 Mayor Recommended Budget: The FY24 Mayor Recommended Budget was released on April 28, 2023. The Athens-Clarke County Commission is scheduled to review the FY24 Recommended Budget on the following dates:

  • May 9, 2023 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM (following work session items) - City Hall
  • May 11, 2023 (Thursday) 5:30 PM (+Taxpayer Bill of Rights Public Hearing #1)  - 120 Dougherty Street
  • May 18, 2023 (Thursday) 5:30 PM - 120 Dougherty Street
  • May 23, 2023 (Tuesday) 5:30 PM (if needed) - City Hall

See www.accgov.com/agendas for individual agendas for the meetings once posted.


FY23 Approved Budget:  On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the Mayor and Commission approved the budget for the fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)