Thursday, January 3, 2013
The $1.3 billion spending plan is on the work session agenda for January 3.
Gwinnett commissioners could formally vote in the fiscal year 2013 budget on Thursday, January 3. The commissioners, who begin the year with two members who were not on the panel at the start of 2012, are scheduled to discuss the proposed budget at a 10 a.m. work session. If no hitches develop, the formal vote would take place at the 2 p.m. business meeting. The budget is about $1.3 billion (operating budget and capital expenditures budget), about 8.5 percent smaller than the 2012 budget. -- What are the key issues facing Gwinnett commissioners in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments below. It's the first full-year Gwinnett budget to be formulated since the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) settlement with cities in Gwinnett last …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Reduced budget due to continuing declining property values, SDS lawsuit settlement and an expected $2.06 million revenue loss as the result of Peachtree Corners becoming a city.
Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash formally presented her proposed fiscal year 2013 budget to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. The proposed budget totals $1.3 billion, which is 8.5 percent lower than this year’s $1.43 billion. Six county residents and business people helped craft the proposed budget by serving on the Chairman’s budget review committee. After hearing presentations from elected officials and department directors, the group studied departmental business plans and revenue projections to make recommendations for the budget. The proposed budget preserves core services, maintains necessary reserves and addresses the impact of some legislated changes. It also adjusts for the loss of revenues resulting from a further…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
County leaders will begin hearing proposals from various agencies Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Elections and Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) matters in their rear-view mirror, Gwinnett County officials Wednesday (Sept. 5) will begin the process of formulating their fiscal year 2013 budget. Over the next five business days, representatives from various county departments will make their respective pitches to elected officials in hopes of squeezing the most funds for their areas from the overall budget. Elected officials and financial staff members then will juggle priorities to formulate the overall spending plan, which should be unveiled in November. The budget must be passed by the commissioners in January 2013. The current county budget is about $1.3 billion, and uses no reserve funds. Again, Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charlotte Nash …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Talk of finding new revenue sources comes with $1.3 billion proposal for FY 2012.
The heavy lifting is done on Gwinnett County's budget for fiscal year 2012. But the charts and graphs already show that it won't get easier anytime soon. During a presentation Tuesday on the county's proposed $1.3 billion budget (operating and capital) for next year, District 1 Commissioner Shirley Lasseter suggested that the county begin looking at new sources of revenue in future years. "That's a great idea," Chairman Charlotte Nash responded. "We need to take the initiative on identifying other revenue sources. I hope that new revenue ideas can get put into this and future budgets." What do you think of the proposed Gwinnett budget? Tell us in the comments. The thing that prompted Lasseter's suggestion was the continued decline in the…
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Government dealing with change and challenges in many areas of the county.
The Gwinnett County budget review sessions are done, and now county leaders will begin the process of finalizing the Fiscal Year 2012 spending plan. Dealing with a $30 million revenue shortfall will be difficult, but the sessions also showed a county that still continues to deal with strong growth and change. Some highlights from the sessions: -- The county's senior population continues to grow. By the year 2020, it will exceed 200,000 people and will be larger than the population of school age children (5-19) for the first time. The county has delivered 91,830 home delivered meals and 59,837 senior center meals to date in 2011. -- The county's Community Activities department plans a solar blanket pilot project for the Mountain Park pool …
Monday, September 12, 2011
County budget review sessions enter final day.
The Gwinnett County court system is requesting slightly less money for 2012 than under the current budget. But Superior Court Judge Tom Davis made it clear Monday that any further reductions are not recommended. "We've gone about as far as we can go," Davis told Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash and other county government leaders in Lawrenceville. The system that handles criminal, civil and domestic cases wants about $11.3 million, about $41,000 less than the current fiscal year. And Davis outlined cost pressures and workload figures to support his claim of a system stretched very thin. "If our system breaks, there's no way to throw enough money at it to fix it," Davis said. He noted two areas in which the county's 10 Superior …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Police and Gwinnett Fire holding positions unfilled to save money.
Gwinnett County Police Chief Charles Walters isn't asking for any new officers in the coming fiscal year, but he told county officials Wednesday that he would be "remiss" if he didn't note recent turnover in the department. Speaking to county government leaders Wednesday in Lawrenceville, Walters said he has had 13 officers quit since July "for financial reasons." The chief produced plenty of data showing how increased officer visibility has caused crime reductions in the county. But he noted that if the turnover trend continues, "the tide will turn shortly." Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, among those participalting in the second day of review sessions for the 2012 budget, said officer turnover is "on the list of things we …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Gwinnett begins planning for fiscal year 2012.
Gwinnett County had to close a large budget gap in the current fiscal year, and it won't get easier for fiscal year 2012. County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said Tuesday that budget planners are looking at a revenue shortfall of about $30 million as they plan for the next fiscal year. Nash cited the continued decline in the Gwinnett tax digest and uncertain funding from the state as factors for the shortfall. Nash, speaking Tuesday as budget review plans began in Lawrenceville, said that revenue projections are "not hard and fast." Also, planners have to deal with both the operating budget and capital expenditures. "Capital spending is the wild card," Nash said. "It's harder to tie down." This is Nash's first budget since she was …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Tax commissioner's office seeks additional staff for delinquent collections.
Updated Sept. 8, 2011. Gwinnett County began its budget process for the coming fiscal year Tuesday by hearing a request from the tax commissioner's office, the chief bill collector for the government and Gwinnett schools. Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash and Chief Financial Officer Aaron Bovos were among those at the session at the Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, along with a hand-selected citizen review panel. Steele, whose department collects both property taxes and vehicle license fees, said his department wants an $11.1 million budget for FY 2012. The commissioner wants to add up to four full-time staffers to seek deliquent taxes from businesses. "Business inventory is much easier to walk (without paying …
Monday, September 5, 2011
County begins work on 2012 budget Tuesday.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash will allow five county residents to be part of the county's budget review team as it begins planning for the fiscal year 2012 budget Tuesday. The citizens reviewing will be Herman Pennamon, Southern Company’s Community Relations Manager; David Crews, CFO of Viewpoint Health; Lois Love, a Gwinnett County retiree who was the county’s capital budget manager; Laurie McClain, a CPA with McClain & Company, PC; and Norwood Davis, CFO of 12Stone Church. County officials will hold planning sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Wednesday, Sept. 7, and Monday, Sept. 12 at the Justice and Administration center in Lawrenceville. The budget is scheduled to be presented to commissioners on Nov. 15. At that time, it …