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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Voters can learn about tax referendum at multiple events

While a recent poll revealed waning support for the upcoming regional transportation tax referendum, undecided voters will have plenty of opportunities this week to learn more about the proposal.

On Monday, the Lilburn Woman's Club is hosting a 7 p.m. forum at City Hall.

Former Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams, who is a vice president for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, will try to convince people to vote yes for the sales tax, which could raise $8.5 billion for metro Atlanta road and transit projects over the next decade, and Sierra Club Colleen Kiernan will present the other side of the debate. The pair are expected to take questions from the audience.

Prior to the forum, candidates in the upcoming judicial elections will be on hand for a meet-and-greet beginning at 6:15 p.m.

On Tuesday, a group of naysayers have planned an information forum on the same topic.

Young Americans for Liberty, a new student organization at Georgia Gwinnett College, has planned the 7 p.m. event at building C of the Lawrenceville campus. Speakers from the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, TEA Party Patriots, the DeKalb NAACP and the Sierra Club will be on hand. All of the groups have organized to campaign against the tax.

Residents will have several opportunities to learn about the tax on Thursday.

First, the Gwinnett Chamber is hosting a "State of Transportation Forum" from 9 a.m. until noon at the Gwinnett Center. The event includes information about the state's "mobility needs" from transportation officials, with a special presentation from business leaders on what the issue means to their bottom-line.

Speakers include Todd Long, the Lilburn man who is deputy commissioner of the state DOT, Tom Bell from Mesa Capital Partners, Todd Henry from Caterpillar and others.

In the afternoon, the city of Dacula is giving residents an opportunity to learn about the local projects that would be funded with the tax. Those sessions are set for 2 to 4 p.m., then 5 until 7 p.m.

At the end of the week, those that have made a decision can fill out their ballots. The sole day for Saturday voting before the primary is July 21 at Gwinnett's Elections Office on Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/local/politics.

Comments

JohnGalt 1 year, 9 months ago

The article's title reads "POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Voters can learn about tax referendum at multiple events" when it should read "POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Voters can be patronized and indoctrinated about tax referendum at multiple events" That is a more appropriate title don't you think?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah, who wants to get their brain all cluttered up with other viewpoints or facts and such? I like my narrow preconceived notions, so there! Hey you kids, get off of my lawn!

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

Unless you go and ask the hard questions, you will not be told about anything in that law that will negatively affect you.

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