LAWRENCEVILLE — In a rare Thursday session, commissioners are slated to consider a 2013 spending plan that could mean a tax increase for Gwinnett residents.
The $1.3 billion budget proposal is down 8.5 percent from the $1.43 billion 2012 plan. But that is mostly due to a decrease in capital funding due to the sales tax cycle.
Instead, the budget’s biggest operational changes come from a shift in funding with tax districts imposed because of a settlement with local cities over services. The districts mean residents of cities will not pay county taxes for development and enforcement services and, most notably, those with a city police force will not pay for county protection. The change could mean an increase in taxes for residents of the unincorporated area, although the millage rates will not be set until the summer.
In December, library patrons asked commissioners to restore a planned $1 million cut to the system’s subsidy, which Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said should be directed toward the materials budget to put it more in line with other systems.
The meeting will be the first for District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter, who was sworn in Sunday, along with Nash and Commissioner Jace Brooks, who are set to serve their first full terms.
The board typically meets on Tuesdays, but the meeting was delayed due to the New Year’s holiday.
“Because county offices are closed on the normally scheduled date, the meeting was rescheduled to the earliest date possible,” government spokesman Joe Sorenson said. “The county’s enabling legislation calls for the board to adopt a budget at their first meeting in January.”