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Gwinnett Still Cutting Costs

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted: May 18, 2011
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners took further steps Tuesday, May 17 to reduce spending and increase the budget stabilization reserve. Cost cutting has become second nature under continuing negative economic pressures. Gwinnett County started this year planning to use $20.8 million from fund balance (also known as reserve funds), not including an $18 million difference between expenses and revenues. Commissioners resolved the $18 million gap in March and now have eliminated about three-fourths of the planned spending from fund balance.

To read more about the steps taken to reduce spending and increase the budget stabilization reserve, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


Commissioners Review Gwinnett’s Finances

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted: May 9, 2011
Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners heard a report from Chief Financial Officer Aaron Bovos on Tuesday, May 3 about the outlook for the County’s financial position over the next few years. Bovos began the briefing by thanking the Board for the actions they’ve taken this year to eliminate an $18 million deficit in the 2011 budget and said the staff is continuing to look for ways to reduce expenses or boost revenues to improve the County’s financial outlook.

To read more about the report, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


Study Says Keep Gwinnett Corrections

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted: April 26, 2011
An internal work group has completed a comprehensive study of the Gwinnett County Correctional Complex as part of the County’s ongoing efforts to prioritize services and reduce costs, concluding that it should remain in operation. Almost two years ago, Gwinnett commissioners voted to close the facility at 750 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville. Five months later, they agreed to keep it open pending a study of its operations and services.

In its report, the committee looked at the costs involved in housing current county inmates locally, most likely at the Pre-Trial Detention Center, also known as the jail, operated by the Sheriff’s department. One of seven committee recommendations is to expand or at least continue housing state prisoners at the current Gwinnett prison because it “is cost-effective due to per-diem revenue paid by the state, the cap on medical liability, and the value of inmate labor.”

To read more about the corrections facility study, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


County Forms Task Force to Study Pay, Benefits

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted: March 23, 2011
Gwinnett County Administrator Glenn Stephens has appointed a task force of employee representatives to review the County’s compensation and benefits costs. A similar group last year helped the County develop this year’s health insurance plans for its employees. The new task force will study the impact of declining revenues on the County’s financial position and make recommendations on all aspects of employee compensation. Areas of study will include retirement and insurance plans and policies for holiday, annual, and sick leave, among others. Personnel costs represent the majority of many departmental budgets.

To read more about the task force, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


Commission Closes $18 Million Budget Gap

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted: March 17, 2011
The Gwinnett County Commission approved two recommendations on Tuesday, March 15 that finished closing the County’s $18 million 2011 budget deficit. One of these recommendations is the Budget Stabilization Reserve, which will be a special, temporary fund established to soften the economic impact and preserve the County’s organizational capacity to provide services. The reserve will be funded from County revenues, which exceeded expenditures and planned use of fund balance by an estimated $9 million in 2010. The Budget Stabilization Reserve will exist for only the next three years, and the County will be able to draw up to $3 million each year to help fund operations.

To read more about the Budget Stabilization Reserve, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


County Cuts Holidays to Help Reduce Deficit

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted March 3, 2011
As part of an ongoing effort to balance the 2011 budget, loss of holiday pay for County employees was approved by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, March 1. The measure will reduce the county’s annual payroll by just under $2.8 million by counting four of the county’s eight remaining annual holidays as furlough days and not paying employees for those days off.

To find out more about the County furloughs, please read the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


County to Consider Cost-Cutting Measures That Would Help Balance Budget

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted March 3, 2011
As part of its ongoing effort to balance its 2011 budget, the Gwinnett County Commission adopted four proposed cost-cutting measures during its meeting on Tuesday, March 1.
  • Reducing the county’s annual payroll by approximately $2.8 million by counting four of the county’s eight remaining annual holidays as furlough days
  • Accepting $1.36 million in newly proposed budget reductions from a number of county departments
  • Realizing approximately $5 million in total savings by reducing the County’s contributions to its Risk Management and Workers’ Compensation funds and its Fleet/Equipment Capital Project Fund
  • Paying off a 2002 general obligation bond and redirecting the .23 mill tax levy that had been dedicated to servicing that debt to general operations

To find out more about these cost-cutting measures, please read the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


Mandatory 90-Day Vacancy Period Expected to Save $2.2 Million

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted February 28, 2011
In a move projected to save at least $2.2 million this year, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted that all vacant positions be held open for a minimum of 90 days. The action has the practical effect of extending a general hiring freeze that has been in place since August 2008 for all positions reporting to the County Administrator. It is also part of an ongoing effort to close an $18 million gap between budgeted expenditures and projected revenues.

To find out more about the mandatory 90-day vacancy period, please read the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


December 2010 Update: Actions taken by Gwinnett County as a result of Engage Gwinnett recommendations

Gwinnett County Comprehensive Document

Posted December 20, 2010
Gwinnett County has documented actions taken to date in response to the Engage Gwinnett committee’s recommendations. Five work groups made a total of 73 recommendations for a “status quo” scenario in which economic conditions stay as they were; 40 “declining digest” scenario recommendations for use if the tax digest declines dramatically over several years; and nine general recommendations. All of the recommendations are in the document with responses presented in italics.

Gwinnett County has considered all the recommendations, and at this time, 42 either have been or are being acted upon. The County appreciates the hard work, effort, and dedication of the volunteer members of Engage Gwinnett throughout this ongoing process. In return, County management and staff are working to implement these recommendations prudently.


Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation Named Number One Park System in Georgia

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted November 15, 2010
Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation has been recognized as the number one park agency in the state serving populations of 80,001+ by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA). As one of the fastest growing, aging, and culturally diverse counties in the state, Gwinnett has experienced unparalleled growth in population, diversity, and economic challenges over the past year and has risen to this challenge through fostering public/private partnerships, tapping alternative funding mechanisms, creative planning, design and development, and citizen involvement and input.

This award demonstrates excellence in support systems, long-range planning, fiscal resource management, citizen involvement, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, technological integration, program planning, and assessment.

To find out more about how Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation became the number one park agency in the state, please read the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


Gwinnett County Public Library’s Hamilton Mill Branch receives sustainability awards

Buildings of America Press Release
Gwinnett County Library Press Release

Posted October 21, 2010
The Gwinnett County Hamilton Mill Library continues to gain recognition for its efforts in environmental sustainability. In August it received the Building of America Gold Medal Feature for unique and challenging new projects that focus on giving back to the community. The Hamilton Mill branch was also recognized on October 2 by the Georgia chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Sustainability for their commitment to holistic sustainability and the value of return on investing in a public project during times of economic hardship.

The USGBC advances and promotes sustainable and environmentally-responsible planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings, landscapes, cities, and communities. The Council developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, an internationally-recognized green building certification system. The Hamilton Mill branch is currently on track to receive the prestigious LEED Silver certification for its sustainable approach to design and construction.

To read more about the Building of America Gold Medal Feature, click here for the Buildings of America press release.

To read more about the Hamilton Mill Library’s 2010 USGCB Award for Excellence in Sustainability, click here to view the Gwinnett County Library press release.


Gwinnett 2011 Budget Process is Underway

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted October 6, 2010
Each Gwinnett County department and agency is presenting its business plan including needed financial resources to Commission Chairman Charles Bannister, his review committee, and designated County staff on October 6, 7, and 8 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. The County is videotaping each presentation and making them available to the public on its government access cable TV channel and on demand anytime through the website, www.gwinnettcounty.com.

To read more about the 2011 budget process, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.


Gwinnett Commissioners Accept Mid-Year Budget

Gwinnett County Press Release

Posted August 20, 2010
Property tax revenue from a millage rate increase late last year will provide $18 million to help reduce this year’s deficit as recommended by Engage Gwinnett and allows $21.2 million to be applied to reduce accrued liabilities. An additional $10 million is planned to be used to pay outstanding debt and $5 million will complete a commitment to the Gwinnett Hospital Authority.

This one-time property tax revenue came from a March 2010 billing that made up the difference between a temporary millage rate billed in August 2009 and the final tax rate set in December 2009.

To read more on this budget recommendation, please view the Gwinnett County press release by clicking here.

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