Gwinnett County’s Proposed Budget for 2022: Capital Improvements

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – Gwinnett County Commissioners Council Chair Nicole Hendrickson on Tuesday presented her budget proposal to guide county government spending for fiscal year 2022.

The proposed budget for 2022 stands at $ 2.06 billion, up 7.8% from the budget adopted for 2021, according to a press release. It consists of an operating budget of $ 1.6 billion and a capital improvement budget of $ 454 million, which includes funds from the SPLOST program approved by constituents in the county.

President Nicole Hendrickson said the proposed budget does not contemplate an increase in the mileage rate.

“After working for several months with county staff, citizens and members of our board of directors, I am proud to present the 2022 budget,” Hendrickson said in the statement. “Building on the county’s historically conservative approach to budgeting, we have a balanced, financially healthy budget that intentionally invests in our community to meet basic health and social service needs and to the continued recovery efforts from this pandemic. “

With more growth on the horizon, officials said the county’s services and infrastructure need to keep pace.

Two-thirds of the operating budget, which funds current expenses such as employee salaries, benefits, equipment and repairs, goes to the areas of public safety and public works. New initiatives to be funded from the operating budget include the expansion of mental health response teams in the Gwinnett Police Department in partnership with View Point Health and additional training for Sheriff’s Office staff.

The capital budget will fund new libraries, roads and parks, the statement said.
Department heads and elected officials presented business plans for 2022 to the budget review committee earlier this year as part of the budget development process. These presentations can be viewed online at TVGwinnett.com. Five Gwinnett residents recruited by President Hendrickson reviewed the department’s requests and made recommendations for the budget proposal.

The proposed budget resolution for 2022 is available online at GwinnettCounty.com and in hard copy at the Financial Services Office of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on December 6, and residents will be able to provide their views on the county’s website until December 31. Commissioners will consider the 2022 budget at their first meeting of the New Year on January 4.

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