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BOC to mull budget on Thursday

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.”

Comments

R 1 year, 11 months ago

Welcome aboard to the newbie and by all means, please "maul' away ...

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 11 months ago

alright new guy..fight these tax increases with all your heart.. fight for cuts in spending with all your might.

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

"True fairness means rewarding merit, not redistributing wealth." Thomas Jefferson

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BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

Tommy Hunter, there will be great pressure on you by those in power to increase their power. Remember us little people who put you up there.

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JimmyOrr 1 year, 11 months ago

BuzzG, your pressure by those in power comment was, as the young folks would say, "right on." My wish for 2013 is that somehow those investigating the so called cultire of corruption in Gwinnett County would somehow look into why, since 2001, outside interests have been allowed to override county staff in their (county staff) attempt to make changes to the material standards in pipe used for storm water conveyance. County staff being overridden in their recommendations would not have negated the $360 million dollars needed to replace known failing storm water pipes in Gwinnett County but, as sure as Hades is red hot, their recommendations would have prevented our county from contining to travel down the same road. Should the investigation into this matter become a reality, there may be absolutely no impropriety in same. However, one most wonder why outside interests would continue to dictate to our elected official on this matter since 2001. Should an investigation be forthcoming there is one thing to remember, the FBI does an excellent job in turning over rocks looking for snakes of the two legged variety.

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fireman 1 year, 11 months ago

How about a raise for county employees? It's been 5 years without a raise, meanwhile cost of living and benefits have gone up.

We're losing firefighters and police officers leaving for other departments paying more and giving raises.

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