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LETTERS: E-SPLOST deserves to be renewed

E-SPLOST deserves to be renewed

I am writing to encourage a renewal of the Gwinnett County Schools' Education Splost. As a Duluth homeowner, parent of young children, local attorney and someone who cares about the future of our community, the renewal of the Education Splost is essential to future success in local property values, education, and business.

The extension of the E-SPLOST will raise $875 million for our children's education -- and 40 percent of that will be paid by non-residents who shop here.

The Education Splost vote is a renewal vote, not a new tax. Voting yes honors the promises which have been made, and kept, by the Gwinnett County school system. They have delivered educations as well as facilities with the funds entrusted to them. The E-Splost renewal is critical to continuing educational excellence in Gwinnett County.

The success of our educational system has a direct link to property values and whether businesses locate here. I encourage you to make an informed vote to renew the E-SPLOST on Nov. 8.

-- Matt Reeves

Duluth

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JV 2 years, 8 months ago

Vote NO to anymore SPLOST! We are not alone with this attititude.

Colorado Voters Reject Tax and Spending Initiatives - Wednesday, 02 Nov 2011 By Greg McDonald

Colorado voters Tuesday rejected tax hikes and spending initiatives all across the state in what some political experts said could be a snapshot of what the mood of voters may be as the country moves into the 2012 election season. According to the Denver Post, which described the election as “a killing field for tax measures,” voters from Denver and the more liberal Boulder area — to even the remotest counties — rejected tax hikes to support schools, recreation centers, libraries, and other public-infrastructure projects. “This election is overwhelmingly being framed by this economy,” political analyst Floyd Ciruli told the Post. “Clearly, the issues that are framing this are jobs and the economy and taxes.”

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Mack711 2 years, 8 months ago

In the past some of the SPLOST funds have gone to admistrative raises. IF that is the case in this election then vote NO. We are paying more and getting less for our tax dollars let them find ways to cut the 'fat' out of some of these budgets. If they ran the government like we run our business, then a lot of them would be looking for another job. Citizens are tired of the ability of our elected leaders to raise our taxes, just like in Denver VOTE NO!!!! Let them find the money in cuts to the administration costs.

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jeepintodd 2 years, 8 months ago

SPLOST funds do not go to administrative raises. SPLOST dollars are only allowed to be used for capital improvements. The majority of this SPLOST is planned to be used for maintaining buildings and replacing aging technology. This includes replacing HVAC systems, roofs, floor covering and painting. Like it or not but this is all stuff that wears out and only has a limited lifespan that will need to be replaced. So Gwinnett voters can extend the SPLOST tax for any that shops in Gwinnett to help pay for these capital expenses or the money will have to come from somewhere else. A sales tax is a much better tax since it is an optional tax that you only pay if you buy something whereas your property taxes have to be paid no matter what and if you dont someone will be taking your house away. I dont want my taxes raised either but I would much rather have them as a sales tax so that I can choose if I want to pay the tax or not.

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FactChecker 2 years, 8 months ago

It is time for a little more honesty. Sales tax is NOT a better tax. It unfairly discriminates against the poor and benefits the wealthy because the poor do not have a serious option other than to pay the tax since most of their income must be spent on taxable goods while the wealthy can choose to drive to districts of lower taxes for major purchases and are not taxed for investments. By such a simplistic argument, then property tax would be the optimal for everyone will need to pay some sales tax but you can choose to remain homeless and no vehicle, thus avoiding any property tax. This argument is just as faulty as the one you put forth. The fairest option for taxation available is property tax since it is not regressive and collection cost is lower so that a higher percentage of taxes paid actually gets to the school system. The most people in Gwinnett will pay more with the increase in sales tax than raising an equal amount with increased property tax.

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R 2 years, 8 months ago

The school system is now PAYING telephone solicitors to contact citizens in the county and request voting support for ESPLOST, I just got off the phone with a 1800 number combination robo/ live rep call. So the school system will fail without the vote?
I darn sure didn’t commit tax dollars to be cold called – spend that funding on the children. This is all about the businesses hoping to get YOUR dollars and using children for blackmail? We have arrived; we are an URBAN environment for sure now. FULTON county here we come! Vote NO! Children are NOT a business profit center.

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nicholson 2 years, 8 months ago

I also received one of the telephone solicitations about the ESPLOST, and I could barely make out what the caller was saying because her English was horrible. I certainly hope she wasn't a product of the Gwinnett school system. I am voting no.

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snellvillemike 2 years, 8 months ago

ESPLOST will continue to lower your property tax. If the school system needs revenue to build schools and to use for technology, then the board will raise property taxes. 1% penny sales tax is fine. This is a no brainer and a good deal. The money comes in from many people who shop in gwinnett and reduces my property tax.

The transportation tax is a no brainer too. Tax gwinnett and we get no return for the tax. Vote No for transportation sales tax.

Yes for ESPLOST

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FactChecker 2 years, 8 months ago

Obviously an opinion driven more by greed than realistic evaluation!

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm afraid that BOTH the E-SPLOST on November 8 and the T-SPLOST in July 2012 are D.O.A. (Dead On Arrival) at the polls.

The continuing HOT lane fiasco on I-85 has struck a really deep nerve with taxpayers who are completely fed up as being viewed as nothing but ATMs for big-business and big government alike.

I support education, but the powers-that-be have finally gone too far this time and they absolutely have to be reminded about who REALLY is in charge.

Voting this E-SPLOST down is a good place to start.

T-SPLOST, you're NEXT!

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ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 8 months ago

Sorry, GCPS, but the bank is closed.

This SPLOST vote will be the first of many existing and proposed taxes to be voted down by disgruntled taxpayers made even more disgruntled by a corrupt county government and pushed over the edge by the HOT lane fiasco on I-85 at the hands of a totally corrupt and completely inept state government.

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g_netter 2 years, 8 months ago

No SPLOST while the HOT lane exists. That's all there is to it for me.

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Mack711 2 years, 8 months ago

When the Lottery was voted in that was to go to education and lower school taxes, at least that is what we were told. With that where is the Lottery Money going Mr. Wilbanks? Is it going to add jobs in the administrative section of GCPS system? Having gone to school in Dekalb back in the 50's and 60's when there was not air conditioning to add to the cost of construction. Why does everyone have a'private' office and large wasted spaces? Get back to the basics.

It is time for citizens to say no to SPLOT anything. When they start cutting jobs and salarys for the administation maybe then they will find the funds.

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FactChecker 2 years, 8 months ago

Mack711, where did you get such erroneous information? Lets check your information: 1. Lottery was to go to education: This is true. When it was specifically earmarked for improving technology in schools and the HOPE grants. 2. Lottery was to lower school taxes: False. Prior to writing the legislation, a study was made to track education funding in other states that formed a lottery for education funding and the results showed that, while initially, education received a boost in funding, a false reliance on the lotteries actually reduced total funding for education in most of those states. That is why Zell Miller would only agree to sign the law if it was to be specifically designed as an education supplement to improve technology and access to higher education. Now the answer to your question about where lottery funds are going. When the lottery was knew, it raised large sums fast. Schools across Georgia received large grants to expand technology in schools. These grants to Gwinnett and wise use of them has greatly helped education in Gwinnett. Unfortunately, the lottery income has grown slower than expected and the qualified applications for the HOPE grant has grown rapidly. Now most of the lottery goes to pay for the HOPE grants leaving the maintenance and upgrading of technology costs in the need of alternate funding. The question is not if the schools need this funding to keep good quality education; the question is whether the funding should be sales tax, property tax or some other method not yet proposed. Between these two taxes, the property tax is the more fair method since it does not put an undue burden on those below the poverty line.

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Mack711 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks, there are a few things in here that have been explained. Can not say that we should pass SPLOST. Your last sentence says a lot.

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Don_Coyote 2 years, 8 months ago

My view is that the HOT lane woke me up to view the callous nature in which the taxpayer is treated by the current county and state governments. The school board members who sat up on the stage and tacitly approved this behavior are therefore thrown into the same pool. I will not get the chance to vote any of them out in this election but my first salvo will be for me and mine to vote down this extension of E-SPLOST. Future votes will be adjusted accordingly on this one issue alone even to those responsible for the current DOT board as I don't even get to vote for those "caretakers" of billions of our tax dollars. It is that important to me. It is not just the inconvenience but the blatant disregard of Government of the people, by the people and for the people, simple as that,

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ssilover1 2 years, 8 months ago

Guys, the transportation SPLOST and the education SPLOST have zip to do with one another. Education must keep up with technology or our kids will not be prepared for changing times. And if you work for a business that depends on tech. then you know that. If you don't, you may not have the life experience needed to fully understand the importance of this SPLOST which will have an effect on every student's educational experience. Don't vote based on your short sighted emotion. VOTE YES for the kids' future.

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Mack711 2 years, 8 months ago

Kids are being used for the sake of taxation. At this time each day they come home the school wants more money for something or another. Who can pay this when they have lost their job or may be losing their home. Where do you draw the line, We have a budget that we must live within, they have your wallet to get their budget with our questions. It is time for the government to live within its means. Vote NO and send a clear message to the School board to make cuts in the administrative costs to balance their budget, just like you and I. As Boortz said 'stop using the children' to get what you want.

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ssilover1 2 years, 8 months ago

Guys, the transportation SPLOST and the education SPLOST have zip to do with one another. Education must keep up with technology or our kids will not be prepared for changing times. And if you work for a business that depends on tech. then you know that. If you don't, you may not have the life experience needed to fully understad

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Mack711 2 years, 8 months ago

The have one thing in common that most already know about. We can vote to raise our taxes if we vote both in. That is what they have in common. So vote each one indepently and Vote NO to raising taxes for each T-SPLOST or E_SPLOST.

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