Strategic planning sessions begin for commissioners

STONE MOUNTAIN -- A couple of Gwinnett commissioners said Monday the economy should be the top priority. But another said they should concentrate on things they have more control over.

One said building a culture of leadership and financial sustainability should be a given, while others said they need to be the top focus.

During the first of two scheduled strategic planning sessions Monday, commissioners agreed overall in the needs for Gwinnett, but they had some trouble reaching a consensus on what priorities should come first.

"You build your trust. Then you do your infrastructure. Then the economy flows from it," Commissioner Tommy Hunter said.

"It needs to be the mindset of the county from the top down," John Heard said of the economy as the top priority.

The discussion showed a lot about the men and women who lead Gwinnett's government, with finance man Jace Brooks pointing to the economy, former county staffer Charlotte Nash, now the board chairman, focusing to the vulnerabilities of water resources as well as the reliability of the county staff as keys to the county's future, and Lynette Howard zeroing in on relations with both the residents and with other government agencies as a high priority.

After hashing out some thoughts and reflecting on presentations on the growing diverse and aging population as well as the county's financial situation, the commissioners will come back together Tuesday to set some priorities and goals for the coming years.

"We all agree on wanting this to be the best place to do business, to live and work and play and raise your family, and I'd like to come together with a list of things to do to get us pointed in the same direction," Hunter said.

The work Tuesday is also expected to include some decisions on a possible special purpose local option sales tax referendum for the fall. With seven sales tax programs collecting $2.5 billion over the past 30 years, the county's current sales tax program is set to expire early next year.


kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

OMG. This sort of planning from BOC is really scary stuff. Usually means they want more money from the taxpayer to spend. Any sign on a better economy ALWAYS translates into needing more of our money to spend. Just watch folks. You will see what I mean.


CD 1 year, 11 months ago

A tax hike is in the works. The question is merely the dollar amount. No serious discussion on spending cuts.


Why_not 1 year, 11 months ago

Hopefully, they will consider some sort of pay raise for county employees since its been 6+ years with no pay adjustments at all. Employees are beginning to leave to go to work for other municipalities because of this.


R 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey the new Gwinnett Chamber President makes over 300K a year now...

Oh silly me - the Chamber staff aren't county employees, but we contribute to their salaries anyway don't we ?


Wyoming1 1 year, 11 months ago

Why_not actually its been since 2009 thats 5 years since last county employees raise. But whose counting right? Lol


Haughton 1 year, 11 months ago

Pay raises for certain employees would be fine if they eliminate non-essential postions. But the governement is getting a taste of what the real world is like. Staying with one company is a thing of the past.


BuzzG 1 year, 11 months ago

In the 24 years I have owned my home here, this county has been mostly run by people whose primary interest has been in enhancing the power of government and padding their own pockets. The interests of the citizens have come second.

Have things changed? I certainly don't see Mrs. Nash as a reformer.


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