The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners adopted a $1.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 Tuesday afternoon.
Included in the $1.027 billion operating budget, a three percent raise for county employees, including police officers and firefighters. This will be the first time in five years employees will receive an increase in pay.
The Commissioners will also add two new emergency medical services units in the county. This will create three new positions and fill 15 left vacant during budget cuts in previous years.
More new jobs are included in the new budget as well. The county will fund five new positions-- three in Juvenile Court and two in the District Attorney’s Office.
The budget will also absorb an increase in health care costs of almost 10 percent.
The $486 million capital budget will fund projects from the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Collection of the 2014 SPLOST begins on April 1.