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Commissioners Approve Budget, Issue Call to Reduce Deficit

Commissioners Approve Budget, Issue Call to Reduce Deficit

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 4, 2011) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a budget for 2011 while charging County staff to take another hard look at operations with the goal of eliminating an $18 million deficit. The 2011 budget, prepared with input from citizens who served alongside elected officials and staff on a budget review committee, is based upon departmental business plans and incorporates many recommendations from the Engage Gwinnett citizens committee.

The budget totaling $1.3 billion is comprised of $977.5 million in operating funds and $337.3 million in capital project funds. The operating budget is 3.2 percent less than the 2010 revised budget while the capital budget is 39.1 percent less than the 2010 plan.

January Constituent Meeting at Fire Station 30

January Constituent Meeting at Fire Station 30

Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau’s first monthly meeting of 2011 will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Fire Station 30 located at 1052 Ozora Road in Loganville. The commissioner will meet with constituents from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gwinnett County’s Commission District 3 covers the eastern part of the county from the Highway 78 corridor north to I-85, and includes the cities of Snellville, Loganville, Grayson, Dacula and Auburn.

District 3 Commissioner Hold Monthly Meeting at Lenora Park, November 20th

Lawrenceville, Ga. – Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau’s next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20 in Lenora Park classroom at 4515 Lenora Church Road in Snellville. The commissioner will meet with constituents from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gwinnett County’s Commission District 3 covers the eastern part of the county from the Highway 78 corridor north to I-85, and includes the cities of Snellville, Loganville, Grayson, Dacula and Auburn.

New Law Changes Gwinnett Tax Appraisals

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- A new state law will change how counties set property tax values starting in January. The state legislature passed SB 346 earlier this year. Gwinnett’s Chief Appraiser Steve Pruitt briefed the Board of Commissioners Tuesday on what to expect.

The new law requires that counties send a Notice of Current Assessment to all property owners every year. The notice must follow state guidelines and include an estimate of proposed taxes based on current assessed value and using the previous year’s tax rate. The 2011 taxable value of a property cannot be more than its purchase or acquisition price in 2010 in a qualified, arms-length transaction.

Pruitt said the 2011 tax billing is likely to be delayed because of the extra workload that he estimated will add 60 days and cost 25 percent more than the previous process.

Congressional Candidate Forum at Georgia Gwinnett College, October 21

On Thursday, October 21st from 7-8:30 p.m. at Cisco Auditorium at Georgia Gwinnett College the League of Women Voters of Gwinnett County, in conjunction with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter (GCAC) are holding a Congressional Candidate Forum.

Rep. Hank Johnson (D)(I) Doug Heckman (D) and Lisbeth “Liz” Carter (R) Rob Woodall (R) from District 4 and 7, respectively.

Prior to the debate, the candidates will be holding a Meet and Greet at 6:15. The Question & Answer Program is being moderated by Wes Sarginson.

For more information contact: Dorothy Shaw shawdot1@bellsouth.net or 770.922.9293

Gwinnett Co. Special Election Dates Announced

In wake of the resignation of Gwinnett County Commission Chairman, Charles Bannister; the Gwinnett County Board of Elections has established a special election in March. For more information, read below:

What is the purpose of this election?

  • Voters can mark their ballot in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on March 15, 2011.

Why is this election happening?

  • To fill the unexpired term of Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

How and when this special election will take place?

  • Local legislation specifies that the probate court judge must call for a special election to fill a Board of Commissioners vacancy if the remainder of the term is more than 180 days.

Salvador De Lara to speak at Georgia Gwinnett College

Consul general of Mexico, Salvador De Lara, will speak to a group of Georgia Gwinnett College (1000 University Center Lane Building C-Room 1100, Lawrenceville) students and faculty today about the strategic relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.  De Lara’s appearance is part of the college’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

De Lara is the consul general of Mexico for the three-state region of Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.