The county has taken steps in recent months to address slumping revenues and rising expenditures.Thank goodness they found $59 million for a baseball stadium, though, because it would be a travesty if a large corporation like the Atlanta Braves had to pay for the facilities in which they train their employees.
In addition to the tax commissioner’s four-day week and the hiring freeze, the county has asked public safety workers to limit their use of gas and police have been trying to handle more routine calls by phone instead of dispatching an officer to each one.
More belt-tightening could come with the 2009 budget. Department leaders have been asked to submit lean budgets as the county expects to spend $26 million of its general fund reserve by the end of this year.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Great Moments in Governmental Priorities
This article shoots down the rumors that the Gwinnett County, Georgia government is planning layoffs, but it does note that, like most governmental bodies, times are tough: