Commissioners adopt 2019 budget focused on safety, quality of life
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.82 billion budget for 2019 on January 3, 2019. Board members held a public hearing on the budget in December and accepted comments in writing and online before making their final decision.
The operating budget, excluding transfers between funds, is up about 4.8 percent. Much of the increase in the operating budget is related to increased personnel costs as the County adds necessary personnel and addresses compensation issues. The budget includes a $1.39 billion operating budget and $438 million for capital improvements, including SPLOST-funded projects.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Nash said the annual budget starts with base funding to maintain core county services such as police and fire protection, jail, courts, roads, transit and water. Additions for new or ongoing initiatives reflect priorities set by the Board of Commissioners last spring.
“This budget continues Gwinnett's tradition of conservative budgeting based on multi-year planning,” said Nash. “It maintains adequate reserves, uses pay-as-you-go financing for capital improvements and also sets aside money for future obligations.”
Five residents served on the budget review committee. They listened to budget requests from department directors and elected officials, studied business plans, budget needs and revenue projections, and made recommendations to Nash for the 2019 budget.
The 2019 budget and supporting documents are available online at www.gwinnettcounty.com.