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Nash to unveil 2012 spending plan Tuesday

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A year ago, with the county in turmoil reeling from the loss of its chairman, officials released a budget proposal that had Gwinnett County $18 million in the red.

But Tuesday, newly elected Chairwoman Charlotte Nash plans to present a spending plan that is nearly balanced.

"The staff and the elected officials all have tightened things up one more time to help us top put together a budget that I think people will be please with," Nash said, revealing little about the plan before it will be formally presented to commissioners Tuesday. "It's very close to being balanced with current revenues."

Nash said the proposed 2012 budget will not call for a tax increase despite lean economic times. The total budget number has shrunk compared to 2011, she said, although she declined to give specifics until Tuesday.

At the beginning of 2011, before Nash's election, commissioners approved a budget that called for the spending of reserve funds. Cuts were made over the course of the year to keep that from happening, and Nash said she intends to keep working at the 2012 plan to balance it, despite another expected cut in revenues from declining property values.

As former county administrator, Nash played a role in Gwinnett's budgeting process for much of the 1990s and early 2000s.

"I had to remind myself my role was different," Nash said of going into this budget process as chairman, who recommends the spending plan. "But it was a great advantage to have as much knowledge as I did. ... It was, in lots of ways, a very comfortable thing for me to do. Times are tight, but the processes are the same."

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JV 2 years, 5 months ago

A spending plan that excludes tax revenue from Sunday alcohol sales. The commissioner decided not to put it on the ballot for unicorporated Gwinnett. Didn't want it to "distract" from ESPLOTS.

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Mack711 2 years, 5 months ago

JV Get ready, They are about to do it again.Alcohol sales will be on the ballot in March and the only thing that will be on the ballot in July is T_SPLOST. So that you will vote for alchol in March and stay home in July to pass the T-SPLOT. Well think again...... Now that a lot of voters saw what happened the last election they are wise as to what they are doing. Vote them out next election.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 5 months ago

Nash is performing perfectly according to plan. Keep the 5% (the voter turnout that put her in place) happy, make no waves and do nothing out of the ordinary until she is re-elected for a full term. She came from the old guard (check out her campaign contributors) and was part of the crowd that set up infrastructures that would have required ongoing growth to sustain - like her humongus retirement package, for example. We still need a leader, not an administrator.

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