Local residents participate in the review of Gwinnett County's business plan for 2022

Sophie-Ann McCulloch

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - Prior to finalizing next year's budget, Gwinnett County is seeking its residents' input on what priorities need to be set.

Citizens Review Teams will present financial outlooks and business plans to county elected officials and department heads beginning August 30.

Women and men will work with Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson to study how Gwinnett residents and businesses can benefit from the services provided by various departments and agencies. The team will then recommend funding based on the perspective of residents.

Hendrickson said the residents are the driving factor for how the county-operated. She further stated that it makes sense to carry on the tradition of involving members from the community to provide feedback and recommendations to support the county's operation to be more efficient.

Public and news media will be able to view the Chairwoman's proposed budget for 2022 when it is presented to board members in November. There will be a public hearing on December 6, 2021. The county's Board of Commissioners must adopt its annual budget during its January meeting, according to county ordinance.

David Cuffie and Asif Jessani, who have both been with the team for years, are once again expected to contribute their expertise. Cuffie is CEO and director of church ministries of Berean Christian Church Gwinnett, and Jessani is principal marketing and technology consultant with CCS.

Having graduated from Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, both of them maintain active involvement in county government and volunteering. A new review team for 2012 includes Hilda Abbot, owner of RudHil Companies and chair of the GHCC Hispanic Business Center; Matt DeReimer, former law enforcement officer and small business owner; and Michelle Kang with the Korean American Chamber of Commerce.

You can view video recordings of the budget presentation and the business plan on TVGwinnett, the County's government access channel.

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