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Judge signs off on Gwinnett service settlement

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A judge has agreed to the service delivery settlement reached this week between Gwinnett and its 15 cities.

Judge David Barrett, an Enotah Circuit judge, who presided over the case, signed off on the agreement when it was hand-delivered Wednesday.

"We are just about signed, sealed and delivered," Gwinnett Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, noting the county is taking steps to withdraw its appeal to Barrett's previous order in the issue, which has left the governments with the loss of state permits and grants, including losing the ability to use radar guns for speed enforcement. "It's now just down to formalities."

Nash said she did not know how long it would take for various police departments to regain their permits.

The governments have been embroiled in a three-year-long dispute after city officials asked for breaks on county taxes, since residents were paying the city for the same services.

As part of the settlement, the county set up four service districts, where, for example, people who live in cities with their own police departments, would not have to pay for county police services.

The county also agreed to pay a total of $31 million over the next seven years to the cities.

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Veryconcernedcitizen 2 years, 2 months ago

So if a Loganville resident works in Norcross and gets into an accident on their way to work, would the Loganville Police Department have to go to the accident no matter where it is? The Loganville resident is not paying for Gwinnett County Police services so why should the County Cops respond to it? Everyone knows the City Police Departments are a joke and their existence depends on their ability to collect speeding fines (or in Duluth's case, other mickey mouse traffic infractions).

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 2 months ago

If a Hall County resident or a Dekalb county resident get in a wreck in Gwinnett County, should GCPD respond and work their wreck? Or better yet.. What about those folks from California? Should we work their wrecks? They definitely don't pay any taxes.

Your contempt for the city police departments is quite obvious but it doesn't make your argument valid. When/if you wreck in one of the cities, it will be a city police officer that works the wreck so it is the sam principle.

If a city provides a primary service to its ciizens, they shouldn't be double billed for the same service by the county. It is a simple concept.

FYI, I'm in unincorporated Gwinnett county and still feel this way.

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GenMotGuy 2 years, 2 months ago

Duluth is really enjoying this. Saw them with their radar on Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Buford Hwy., and Pleasant Hill Rd. yesterday. If you don't want to contribute to the Duluth Police Force you better be careful. They are hungry after three years.

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kevin 2 years, 1 month ago

SO when Gwinnett pays these cities for all they owe them, now Gwinnett County taxes will be raised. Tel me that this isn't a quality of life issue? More taxes, less spendable income, more business failures.

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