The spending plan, which was rolled out in November, is for about $1.51 billion, down 0.09 percent from the current plan.
However, it projects for about a 2.4 percent increase in the county tax digest, the first upward turn in years.
And so the budget calls for no property tax increase, and proposes a 3 percent pay raise for county workers, which includes police officers and firefighters. That would be the first such salary increase since 2009.
Some other highlights of the proposed budget:
- $250,000 in reserve funding is proposed for the Gwinnett library system, which has been hit hard by cutbacks in recent years;
- two additional medical units are being provided for firefighters, who also are medical first responders, as well as increased staffing for existing med units;
- $250,000 is earmarked for increased outreach efforts to the Gwinnett community.
More details on the Gwinnett 2014 budget proposal are on the county website.
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