Public invited to comment on Gwinnett County budget | Gwinnett Daily Post

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Dec

Public invited to comment on Gwinnett County budget | Gwinnett Daily Post

Residents were quiet Monday in a public hearing on Gwinnett government’s 2014 spending plan.

No one addressed the commission during the hearing, although public comments will be accepted through the county’s website GwinnettCounty.com through the end of the year on the $1.5 billion budget.

For the first time in five years, the proposed 2014 spending plan includes a 3-percent raise for the county’s 4,500 employees.

With no plans to change tax rates in 2014, the proposal includes a $250,000 boost to library services, which have faced millions in cuts in recent years, including a $1 million cut in 2013.

The proposal also funds new positions and changes required by new juvenile justice laws and to add two ambulance crews to the county fire department. The district attorney’s request for an investigative legal coordinator to aid in the increased use of wire taps to solve crimes was also recommended for approval, and officials set aside money for a proposed Gwinnett Citizens Academy.

With an expected property tax digest increase in 2014 — the first time since 2008 — officials expect to absorb an expected $3.9 million increase in health care costs, more than half of which can be attributed to the Affordable Care Act.

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