Monday, January 7, 2013
Gwinnett leaders think the libraries are necessary, but with a different approach.
From Suwanee Patch After another million-dollar budget cut to the Gwinnett County library system, county leaders think it's time for that organization to change its approach. "I would encourage the library to look at a new business model," Gwinnett District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said Thursday (January 3) as the county's elected leaders passed the 2013 budget. Amid a still-tight revenue situation, commissioners cut $1 million in materials from the library's budget, the latest of several large reductions to that system. Howard noted that the library branches "need to be a community center," but that current plans of coping with their situation are "not working," and she pledged to do "anything I can do" to help. -- What do you think …
Friday, January 4, 2013
The overall figure of $1.4 billion includes adjustments for such things as SDS-mandated service districts.
From Suwanee Patch Gwinnett County's elected leaders unanimously approved Thursday a $1.4 billion budget for 2013. As with previous years, there were cuts, tough choices -- and no pay raises for county employees. But there also are signs that the economic woes that have plagued the county in recent years may be bottoming out. District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks of Suwanee, who is beginning his first full term on the board, noted that the Gwinnett tax digest is projected to decline about 1.9 percent this year. That would be the smallest such decline in recent years, and the reduction in tax revenues has been a major problem for Gwinnett budgets recently. -- What are your thoughts on the Gwinnett 2013 budget, and future budgets? Share your …
Monday, November 14, 2011
Gwinnett cities recently passed Sunday sales, but packaged sales in unincorporated parts of the county are still not allowed.
Monday, November 14, 2011
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners is scheduled to get a look at the county's proposed 2012 spending plan Tuesday. The county began budget review in September with a $30 million revenue shortfall, but news reports say that an almost-balanced budget will be presented. Also, commissioners Tuesday will consider approving a public refendum on Sunday alcohol sales in unincorporated areas of the county. Voters in several Gwinnett cities recently approved Sunday sales in their areas, but that only applies within city limits. The current county budget is about $1.3 billion (operating and capital). That does not include the Gwinnett school system, which sets its own budget. Last year, the county approved a budget that had an $18 million revenue …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Foes of Briscoe Field privatization also turn out for hearing with consultants.
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners had a lot of company Tuesday morning in Lawrenceville for a session on possible privatization of Briscoe Field. Citizens wearing red -- signifying their opposition to privatization -- also were in the room with commissioners and consultants from IMG, the company hired to help the county with the potential privatization of the county-owned airport. County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash told the crowd that it was not a public hearing or a question-answer session. The potential of commercial passenger service -- and takeoffs and landings at odd hours -- came up quickly Tuesday. IMG official Steve Steckler noted that airports receiving federal assistance are obligated to accept such passenger service. …