Gwinnett citizens, on the other hand, practically rebelled when their government suggested increasing taxes. So, and I'm sure readers of this blog will find it a big surprise, Gwinnett is proposing a series of massive budget cuts:
All told, the proposal, leaked in a memo over the weekend, calls for $225 million in cuts through 2014. It recommends eliminating up to 250 current jobs this year — including 53 police positions — and decreasing benefits to remaining employees....Pretty much the same stuff Atlanta ended up cutting - police and fire stations, parks, and (perhaps most importantly) police officers. I wouldn't call the cuts catastrophic or anything, though. Perhaps, "painful" is appropriate.
Major capital projects scheduled over the next four years would be deferred. These include: seven fire and EMS stations; two police precincts and at least five parks. It also includes elimination of funding to operate the new $7.4 million Hamilton Mill Library, which is scheduled for completion early next year.
I don't pretend to understand the suburban mindset, and I think it is quite possible that folks there will react basically the same as folks in Atlanta did. Perhaps Gwinnett citizens will just say to themselves, "well, it was either this or a tax increase, so I guess this was the better option." Ordinarily folks don't like it when you cut police and other emerency personnell, but these cuts don't strike me as being enough to really piss off Gwinnett citizens, at least not on par with their reaction to a tax increase.
You can find more about the budget cuts on the Gwinnett County website, including a PDF summary of the cuts.