City elections, penny tax vote drawing near

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Want a say in whether Gwinnett can continue to charge a sales tax to pay for school construction or cast a vote for a local councilman? Make sure you are registered.

Today is the last day to file paperwork to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections.

Ballots will be cast in all of Gwinnett's cities and even in one community hoping to form a city. Plus, a county-wide special election is scheduled to decide if a penny sales tax devoted to education will enter its fourth cycle.

The sales tax, which is expected to raise $876 million in five years, would fund five new schools, a bus facility, additions and renovations at nine schools and significant technology upgrades to Gwinnett's classrooms.

Not to be confused with another 1 percent sales tax that has funded road projects, libraries, parks, fire stations and police precincts, the education sales tax has funded much of the school construction of the past 15 years. This time, about half of the dollars would be devoted to technology, officials said.

In nearly all of the local cities -- all but Buford and Rest Haven -- a provision that would allow Sunday sales of beer and wine in grocery stores will be before voters.

On Nov. 8, mayors will be chosen in Snellville, Lilburn and Suwanee. And 11 councilmen will be decided; plus a city commissioner and school board member in Buford.

In the northwestern corner of Gwinnett, more than 30,000 residents of the Peachtree Corners community will vote on whether a new municipal government will be formed.

Leaders have proposed a city governing three services -- planning and zoning, code enforcement and solid waste -- with a maximum tax levy of 1 mil.

Gwinnett's Voter Registration and Elections Office is responsible for voter registration for county and city elections. Information is available at www.gwinnettcounty.com.


junebug0219 4 years ago

Yes, I am registered to vote and I wouldn't miss it for the world! No more yes votes from me for penny taxes because I don't think those funds go where they were originally designated. I'll just put my pennies in a cookie jar!


BuzzG 4 years ago

It's never enough. When it comes to schools, it is never enough. And if we would send the illegal aliens home, we could save $876 million in "English as a second language" teachers and improve our schools at the same time. Let the politicians know you have had enough. Vote "No" for more money on the bottomless pit known as Gwinnett Schools.


Mack711 4 years ago

I am also voting NO on TSPLOT as well!!!!


kevin 3 years, 12 months ago

No more tax increases for roads. The DOT and all the other politicians have created this mess with all the haphazred development over the years. Now they want the taxpayers to give them a billion more to spend on their well-connected developer friends. No, No, No. It won't pass.


ssilover1 3 years, 11 months ago

I will be voting YES and I am thankful to have the opportunity to do so for the children and their future. I refuse to be an old crumudgeon when it comes to education and I am not negative either. I READ and STUDY the facts rather than subject myself to others who don't do either, just grouch when they have to pay 1 cent when they buy their Cokes, pay their Internet bills, pay their cell ;phone bills and occassional adult bev of choice...not to mention the other pleasures of life...


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