Increased pay levels for officers in specialized units are also in the works. Officials hope both would keep officers from leaving the department.
The proposed budget also includes money for eligible county employees — including those in law enforcement — to receive 4 percent pay increases if they receive "satisfactory" marks on their performance reviews.
"The primary focus of this proposed budget is on retaining employees, supporting public safety, expanding the judiciary to meet demand and enhancing community engagement," Nash said.
About $1.2 billion of the proposed budget would be dedicated to operating expenses, with the other $384 million going toward capital projects.
- SPLOST money dedicated to the $82 million expansion of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, which is expected to begin sometime in the second half of 2017. The new 1-percent SPLOST was approved by Gwinnett voters this month and is expected to raise as much as $950 million over its six-year run.
- SPLOST money for a new gym at Suwanee's George Pierce Park plus expansions and improvements at other parks.
- About $126 million for upgrades to water and sewer facilities, "sewer line inspections using a new acoustic monitoring system to help locate clogs before spills occur, and more public education to keep fats, oils and grease out of the sewer system."
- The creation of seven new positions in the solicitor general's office — including one dedicated to assisting with handling the burgeoning number of traffic citations from the county's school bus stop-arm cameras.
- Money for new 24/7 ambulance units at fire stations 21 (470 Old Peachtree Road in Suwanee) and 22 (2180 Stone Drive in Lilburn).
A public hearing on the budget will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium. The commission hopes to adopt a final budget during its Jan. 3, 2017, meeting.