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Proposed 2023 budget focuses on service excellence, sustainability, and preparedness
Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson presented her proposed budget on November 15 to guide County government spending for the 2023 fiscal year.
The proposed budget totals $2.26 billion. It consists of a $1.77 billion operating budget and a $488 million capital improvements budget, which includes funds from the County’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program. Voters last week opted to extend the County’s one-cent SPLOST program for another six years beginning in April.
Commissioners will accept public comments at a public hearing Monday, December 5 at 7:00pm at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center and online through December 31. They will adopt a final budget Tuesday, January 3, 2023.
Quick links for the proposed 2023 budget
Chairwoman Hendrickson said the proposed budget addresses challenges facing the County, including hiring and retaining a qualified workforce, inflation, and supply chain disruptions.
“While the County is not immune to global economic uncertainty, we have taken steps in the creation of this budget to ensure that Gwinnett’s financial foundation remains strong,” said Hendrickson. “With this budget, we will be able to maintain the excellent services that our residents have come to expect and build on them with initiatives that support safety, mobility, environmental sustainability, and more.”
Initiatives included in the proposal will implement a language learning assistance program for employees, enhance the courts’ abilities to conduct virtual proceedings, and add new Environmental Sustainability Officer and Equity Officer positions.
Under the proposed budget, the County’s Emergency Management team will gain new positions to better prepare Gwinnett for critical incidents and natural disasters, and several departments will gain staff to support the new seventh State Court judge added by House Bill 1570 earlier this year.
With more growth on the horizon, the County’s infrastructure must keep up. The budget also includes upgrades for County roads, water and sewer lines, and parks to meet the County’s current and future needs.
Department directors and elected officials presented business plans for 2023 to the budget review committee earlier this year as part of the budget development process. Five Gwinnett residents recruited by Chairwoman Hendrickson reviewed the departmental requests and made recommendations for the budget proposal.
The proposed 2023 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 2023 budget preparation
County elected officials, department directors, and agency heads presented their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2023 from Monday, August 29 to Thursday, September 1.
This year, Hendrickson once again invited five residents to help review needs and allocate resources for the 2023 budget. Four of this year’s committee members, Hilda Abbott, David Cuffie, Michelle Kang, and Asif Jessani, are veterans. New to the committee this year is Buzz Brockway.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 15. A public hearing on the budget will be held December 5, 2022. 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 online. The business plans will also be available on the County’s government access channel TV Gwinnett.