As of Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
With even more doom and gloom in the news about the nation's economic woes, we need the Gwinnett County commissioners to move forward with the privatization of Lawrenceville's Briscoe Field. Gwinnett has a golden opportunity to turn our economy around and start filling up these empty houses and businesses that plague Gwinnett's economy and landscape.
Gwinnett County officials are telling us that Gwinnett is 30 million dollars short in their 2012 budget and that they are struggling to keep basic functions of the government going like the courts system and even our libraries. Then we all read where the commissioners are spending yet another 1.1 million dollars to study a public rail system along Interstate 85. This surprises me since our Gwinnett County public bus system is barely used and most buses are near empty.
This all ties into why we should go full steam ahead to bring commercial flights into Gwinnett County and turn this mess around. The former Gwinnett County commissioners spent 65 million dollars on the Gwinnett Braves stadium without any million-dollar studies or public meetings. They basically bankrupted our county to make Commissioner Bert Nasuti's dream of designing a baseball field come true. The airport can change all of this.
Every Gwinnett County business owner and public safety member should be behind this rare opportunity to bring limited commercial flights into our struggling county. If this happens, the hundreds of millions of dollars generated by commercial flights at Briscoe and the increased tax revenues could mean lower property taxes, the ability to keep our courts open and actually give our police and firefighters a pay raise. The public bus system and a public rail could actually benefit the airport's expansion. The current Gwinnett County commissioners have a duty to make the right decision that will fix Gwinnett's economy and move our county forward.
-- Bonnie Bradley