Proposed 2022 budget focuses on organizational excellence, accountability, and quality of life
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson presented her proposed budget on November 16 to guide County government spending for the 2022 fiscal year.
The proposed budget for 2022 totals $2.06 billion, up 7.8 percent from the 2021 adopted budget. It consists of a $1.6 billion operating budget and a $454 million capital improvements budget, which includes funds from the County’s voter-approved SPLOST program.
Commissioners accepted public comments during a public hearing held Monday, December 6 and will continue to accept online comments through December 31 before adopting a final balanced budget on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Quick links for the proposed 2022 budget
Chairwoman Hendrickson said the proposed budget does not contemplate a millage rate increase.
“After working for several months with County staff, citizens, and our board members, I am proud to present the 2022 budget,” said Nicole Hendrickson. “Building on the County’s historically fiscally conservative approach, we have a budget that is balanced, fiscally sound, and makes intentional investments in our community to address core services, health and human service needs, and ongoing recovery efforts of this pandemic.”
With more growth on the horizon, the County’s services and infrastructure must keep up.
Two-thirds of the operating budget, which funds everyday expenses such as employee salaries, benefits, equipment, and repairs, is dedicated to the areas of public safety and public works. New initiatives to be funded by the operating budget include the expansion of mental health response teams in the Gwinnett Police Department in partnership with View Point Health and additional training staff in the Sheriff’s Office.
The capital budget will pay for new libraries, roads, and parks.
Department directors and elected officials presented business plans for 2022 to the budget review committee earlier this year as part of the budget development process. Those presentations are available for viewing online at TVGwinnett.com. Five Gwinnett residents recruited by Chairwoman Hendrickson reviewed the departmental requests and made recommendations for the budget proposal.
The proposed 2022 budget resolution is also available as a hard copy in the Financial Services office at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm.
Business plan presentations kick off 2022 budget preparation
County elected officials, department directors, and agency heads presented their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2022 from Monday, August 30 to Thursday, September 2.
This year, Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson invited five residents to help review needs and allocate resources for the 2022 budget. Two of this year’s committee members, David Cuffie and Asif Jessani, are veterans. Cuffie is the CEO of Total Vision Consulting and Director of Church Ministries for Berean Christian Church Gwinnett and Jessani is a principal marketing and technology consultant with CCS. Both men graduated from Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy and have stayed active in county advocacy and volunteering. New to the review team this year: Founder of RudHil Companies and Co-Chair of the GHCC Hispanic Business Center, Hilda Abbot; former law enforcement officer and small business owner Matt DeReimer, also a Gwinnett 101 alumnus; and Michelle Kang with the Korean American Chamber of Commerce.
The Chairwoman’s proposed 2022 budget will be made available to the public and news media at the same time it is presented to commissioners on November 16. A public hearing on the budget will be held December 6, 2021. By County ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January.
Recordings and on-demand video of the budget presentations can be found here. The business plans will also be available on the County’s government access channel TV Gwinnett.