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Gwinnett County Proposes Smaller Budget for 2012

The $1.3 billion total is a 12.4% decrease from 2011. A public hearing is planned for December, and people can provide feedback online.

Updated Nov. 16, 2011

Closing more than three-fourths of a $35 million revenue shortfall, Gwinnett County officials Tuesday rolled out a spending plan of roughly $1.3 billion for fiscal year 2012.

The proposal represents a 12.4 percent decrease over the current budget. It includes no pay raises, no new employees, and no planned furloughs.

"In some ways, this is the easiest budget I have dealt with," Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, also a former county administrator, said at . "That may sound counter-intuitive (with the county's decreasing tax base). Almost consistently, there were no requests for additional funding."

The budget total provides for the use of $5.2 million in reserve funds, but Nash said that it is county officials' intent to implement spending cuts during the year that would prevent those funds from being used.

A public hearing on the budget will be held Dec. 13, and adoption by the Board of Commissioners is planned for Jan. 3.

Budget planners included an 8 percent drop in the county tax digest in their figures, a total of $24 million.

Suwanee Patch will have more details soon on the Gwinnett budget proposal.

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The proposed budget briefing is now online. Also, people can make written comments about Gwinnett's budget proposal online.

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