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County Seat to focus on redevelopment, infrastructure, human capital and the arts.
City of Lawrenceville Mayor and Council voted to adopt the City’s annual $182-million budget during the monthly public meeting on June 22, 2020. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget will focus investment in four key areas - development/redevelopment, community investment in the arts, infrastructure and human capital investment.
Mayor David Still stated, “The City of Lawrenceville has one of the largest municipal budgets in the metropolitan Atlanta area and the Council and I take that very seriously. I am proud of the work our staff has completed to efficiently plan for our future, being ever mindful of our recent events. This budget is fiscally responsible, with conservative measures based on potential declining revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am well-pleased with the balance between delivering services, contingency funds, and investing in our staff.”
The FY2021 budget presentation highlighted a few key points. The City of Lawrenceville remains one of the lowest tax millage rate municipalities in the metropolitan Atlanta area. While no millage rate increase is expected for 2020, after a decade of tax millage rate reductions, a nominal millage rate increase is anticipated for 2021. Staff leaders noted in this budget, $15-million would be strategically invested for redevelopment and economic development to bring higher wage jobs into the City along the SR 316 corridor. Additional investments will be made to redevelop aging and/or crime ridden properties. In addition, the City will continue its community investment in the arts with the opening of the expanded $31-million Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center, funded through SPLOST and Revenue Bonds, and its partnership with Gwinnett County Public Schools for the Gwinnett Fine Arts Conservatory at Central Gwinnett High School – total investment in FY2021 is $2.5-million. The City will focus another $5-million on infrastructure by adding approximately 400 public parking spaces in the downtown area. Finally, the City will invest $2-million in human capital, providing for the first addition of staff in the Police and Streets Departments in more than a decade. The implementation of a salary study providing an overall 7% increase to city employee salaries will ensure competitive compensation to attract and retain top talent in all departments.
“As always, our goal as staff is to support the budgetary vision of Mayor and Council, as they speak for the community,” added City Manager Chuck Warbington. “I am extremely proud of our staff and the contingency fund they created during the COVID-19 pandemic by reducing overall expenses in early 2020 as revenue trends were closely monitored. This is further proof that an investment in human capital is very timely for FY2021. The end result has allowed the City to continue to maintain and improve its financial position, which benefits our citizens as we invest back into the community through support services, safety, and development.”
Now adopted, the FY2021 budget will go into effect July 1, 2020. For additional details and to view the full budget presentation, visit the agendas and minutes section of the website at http://www.lawrencevillega.org.