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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.

Gwinnett Mayor's Elect Representatives to take part in the Reggional Roundtable

Gwinnett Mayor's Elect Representatives to take part in the Reggional Roundtable

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by City of Norcross)

The roundtable was created by the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (HB 277). The bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2010, allows 12 regions throughout the state to vote in 2012 on a 10-year, one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. Friday was the Roundtable’s first official meeting. Mayor Johnson was elected by Gwinnett’s mayors to represent their municipalities during Roundtable discussion along with Commissioner Shirley Lassiter, who represents the county. According to Mayor Johnson, “I will work together with the Gwinnett Mayors and the Commission Chair to represent Gwinnett’s best interests in projects that impact our county.

Norcross Mayor Elected to Atlanta Regional Roundtable Executive Committee

Norcross Mayor Elected to Atlanta Regional Roundtable Executive Committee

Norcross, GA--  (submitted by Tixie Fowler)

In an election held by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable (RRT) on December 17th, Mayor Bucky Johnson was named one of three metro Atlanta mayors on the group’s Executive Committee. The roundtable was created by the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (HB 277). The bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2010, allows 12 regions throughout the state to vote in 2012 on a 10-year, one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. Friday was the Roundtable’s first official meeting. Mayor Johnson was elected by Gwinnett’s mayors to represent their municipalities during Roundtable discussion along with Commissioner Shirley Lassiter, who represents the county. According to Mayor Johnson, “I will work together with the Gwinnett Mayors and the Commission Chair to represent Gwinnett’s best interests in projects that impact our county.

New Members on the Chairman’s Budget Review Committee

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- Six Gwinnett residents will serve on the Chairman’s budget review committee to help set priorities and seek ways to prioritize spending in county government operations and capital improvement plans. Board of Commissioners Chairman Charles Bannister announced the six members on Tuesday, saying he increased the number from two in previous years in response to rising public interest.

The committee members are: Sam Brownlee, retired Fulton County Administrator; attorney Dan King of King and Spalding; attorney Michael Levengood of McKenna Long and Aldridge; Laurie McClain, a CPA with McClain & Company, PC; Southern Company’s Herman Pennamon; and Wayne Sikes, Gwinnett Hospital System board member.

Fulton County Announces Family Voting Day Dates

Atlanta, GA--  Make voting a family affair! The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections invites voters to participate in its Family Voting Days – Saturday, October 16 and Saturday October 23, 2010. The event provides voters an opportunity to cast their ballots prior to Election Day and on a day that may be more convenient for their schedules.

Family Voting Days also provides an opportunity for children to learn more about the voting process. Children who accompany their parents to the polls on Family Voting Day will be given an opportunity to cast a ballot in a mock election for their favorite cartoon character.

On October 16, 2010, Family Voting Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Early Voting Locations Announced

Atlanta, GA--  Early voting for the General Election begins Monday, September 20, 2010 at three locations: Fulton County Government Center (141 Pryor Street, SW Atlanta, GA 30303), Fulton County North Annex (7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs 30350), and the South Fulton Annex (5600 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park, GA 30349) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Voters can cast their ballots at three additional locations beginning Monday, October 18, 2010. Those locations are: Adamsville Recreation Center (3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30311), Ocee Branch Library (5090 Abbots Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005) and Roswell Branch Library (115 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA 30075).

Advance voting for the General Election will be held at all six locations listed above beginning Monday, October 25, 2010 through Friday, October 29, 2010 from 8:30 a.m.