Six residents serving on 2017 budget review team
Six residents are serving on Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash’s 2017 budget review team. They will set priorities and make recommendations for next year’s budget. “I believe strongly in seeking public input in local government decisions and am thankful for these six thoughtful and knowledgeable residents who agreed to serve,” said Nash. “Each person brings something different to the table, which will be helpful as we listen to departmental needs and plans, review revenue projections, and prepare the 2017 proposed budget.”
The members are Lisa Burleson, David Cuffie, Norwood Davis, Kevin Do, Burt Manning, and Santiago Marquez. Burleson, Manning, and Marquez are returning for another year of service. Cuffie, new to the review team, is CEO of Total Vision Consulting LLC. Also serving his first year on the budget team, Do is a realtor with ReMax Grand South and a volunteer with the Vietnamese American Community of Georgia. Davis, who last served on the budget review team three years ago, is CFO of 12Stone Church. Burleson is a retired Gwinnett County Public Schools district level administrator, Manning is a retired real estate appraiser and assessment administrator, and Marquez is CFO/VP of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Burleson and Cuffie are alumni of Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy, a County program that gives residents a behind-the-scenes look at county government.
County departments and agencies present their business plans and financial resource requests to the review team in late summer. Budget meetings began on August 29 this year. The videotaped presentations are available to the public on the TVgwinnett government-access cable television channel and on demand on this website.
The Chairman’s 2017 budget proposal will be available to the public and news media at the same time it is presented to commissioners on November 15. A public hearing will be held on December 5. By Gwinnett County ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January.