Initial taxpayer tab for Gwinnett County raises: $2.2 million or so

10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 Gwinnett County

The first two months or so of new raises for Gwinnett law enforcement personnel and other county employees will cost more than $2 million, officials said. 

Gwinnett’s Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday a resolution granting county law enforcement officers a 4 percent raise. Sworn members of Gwinnett’s police department, sheriff’s office, department of corrections and 911 call center will also be eligible for an additional 3 percent raise approved for virtually all county employees. 

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In total, officials said about 4,700 Gwinnett County employees will be affected by the raises that go into effect on Nov. 4. About 1,375 of those are in law enforcement, meaning they’ll get both pay raises.

The taxpayer price tag to cover the raises for the remainder of 2017 is estimated to be between $2.2 million and $2.3 million, county spokeswoman Heather Sawyer said.

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