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County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County's adopted 2011 budget included an $18 million deficit. While that gap represented less than one percent of the total budget, using fund balance to fill the deficit would have been unsustainable.

Commission closes $18 million budget gap

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – (submitted by Gwinnett County Government) The Gwinnett County Commission approved two recommendations on Tuesday that finished closing the County’s $18 million 2011 budget deficit.

Actions taken since the 2011 budget was adopted on Jan. 4 had filled all but about $2.6 million of the original $18 million shortfall. The items approved by commissioners during their March 15 meeting will raise the County’s 2011 revenue estimate by an additional $1.66 million and establish a new Budget Stabilization Reserve within the general fund that will allow the County to draw up to $3 million from this fund to pay for operations.

The increase in the County’s 2011 revenue estimate is based primarily on new judicial fees being generated through the County’s court system as a result of legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2010.

Gwinnett County to hold special election

Gwinnett County to hold special election

LAWRENCEVILLE – On Tuesday, March 15, Gwinnett County will hold their special election to elect a new chairman for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

There are four candidates vying for this post, they are: former Gwinnett County administrator Charlotte Nash of Dacula, formal naval officer Larry Gause of Tucker, retired assistant chief of police Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and business owner Will Costa of Lilburn.  

This election is being held in wake of the controversial resignation of former Chairman Charles Bannister and the indictment, and eventual resignation, of his replacement, Kevin Kenerly.

Bannister resigned to avoid a perjury charge upon a grand jury investigation of unlawful land deals but was eventually cleared of all charges.

Gwinnett County to hold special election

Gwinnett County to hold special election

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) The special election to fill the unexpired term of chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will take place on Tuesday, March 15 from 7AM to 7PM at your voting precinct. Click here to view the qualified candidates in the special election.

Commissioners Host Citizens’ Forum

Commissioners Host Citizens’ Forum

LAWRENCEVILLE – Gwinnett County Commissioners will l host the last, in a series of Citizens’ Forums’, tonight at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

This forum was designed to open the floor to county citizens to share their thoughts on how to meet the needs of Gwinnett County residents and businesses. All citizens are invited to attend.

The forum will begin at 7PM. The Gwinnett Historic Courthouse is located at 185 Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

 

Free to Speed in Gwinnett? Think Again, Sheriff's Dept. is Ticketing Speeders

Free to Speed in Gwinnett? Think Again, Sheriff's Dept. is Ticketing Speeders

Gwinnett County, GA--  While a lawsuit has not been resolved involving service delivery contracts between the county and cities, it has widely been reported that county police and city police departments have lost their right to run radar guns.  This fact as trickled down to residents and commuters whom continue to believe they are now free to speed, because the police have lost their ability to track and catch offenders.

Speeders beware.  Sheriff Butch Conway of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department has enlisted his officers to turn their radar guns ON to catch speeders and to continue to ticket individuals.  

The fact that the Gwinnett Sheriff is an elected officer and that his Sheriff's Department is not a department who reports or answers to the Board of Commissioners, they are not subject to the sanctions from the pending lawsuit and can still use radar.

"It is important that law enforcement officers in Gwinnett

County Receives Two Donations

County Receives Two Donations

LAWRENCEVILLE – Commissioners today accepted donations from two organizations, one that will help with transportation needs for seniors and persons with disabilities and another that brings an interactive learning exhibit to Gwinnett County.

The Friends of Gwinnett Senior Services donated $39,371 to be used for the Transportation Voucher Program in Gwinnett. Recently, federal funds were granted from the New Freedom Act to support a limited number of seniors and persons with disabilities with vouchers to support the cost of transportation for essential trips with priority given to medical appointments and medical procedures.

Public transportation, including paratransit, is limited to certain corridors in the county and cannot meet the transportation needs for all those who need special transportation.