Comments on Proposed 2014 Budget
We'd like to hear from you! Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash presented a proposed $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 to the Board of Commissioners during a briefing on November 19, 2013. A public hearing will be held on December 9, 2013, at 7:00pm in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium. In addition, the proposed budget resolution is available for public review and comment now through the end of the year.
Commissioners will consider the budget for adoption during the first meeting of the year on January 7, 2014.
Four county residents and business people served on Nash's budget review committee. After hearing presentations from elected officials and department directors in September, the group studied departmental business plans, budget needs, and revenue projections to make recommendations for the budget. Despite millions of dollars in justified requests, the proposed budget includes funding for only a small number of new resources.
The budget proposal holds the line on property tax rates while expanding the delivery of emergency medical services, addressing the issue of employee retention and recruitment, and funding the impact of legislation and other external factors. The budget also preserves core services and absorbs a nearly 10 percent increase in health care costs.
The proposed daily operations budget for fiscal year 2014 totals $1.027 million. It includes a three percent raise for employees, the first increase in five years. Emergency medical services will be expanded with staffing to support two new ambulance units. A total of 18 positions will be funded: three new positions and 15 that were held vacant during budget cuts in previous years. The proposed budget also allocates funds for five new positions in response to statewide juvenile justice reform, community outreach, drug court expansion, a library reserve.
The capital budget proposal totals $486 million. Voter approval of the SPLOST renewal in November allowed the review team to budget the use of sales tax rather than property tax for some essential purchases and improvements like ambulances, fire trucks, and road resurfacing.
After five straight years of decline, County officials believe the 2013 tax digest represents the bottom of the drop in overall property tax values in Gwinnett. In addition, slight growth in the tax digest is anticipated for 2014 now that values of existing properties have stabilized and new construction is being added to the digest.
If you would like to comment on the proposed 2014 budget resolution, please fill out the form below and click "submit". The Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett Department of Financial Services will receive all comments. The comment period closes at midnight on December 31, 2013.
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