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1267 total votes.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has become one of the most vocal proponents of a proposed sales tax to fund transportation.
Fayette Commissioner Steve Brown has traveled around the metro area to campaign against it.
But where does Gwinnett’s Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash stand?
Nash has been intentionally mum on the subject, commenting only on the project list, which she had a hand in developing.
“I’m comfortable with the Gwinnett County project list and would encourage everyone to take a real good look at that,” Nash said, adding that the list developed by the Atlanta Regional Roundtable, which she served on as Gwinnett’s commission chair, was “a compromise.”
“I think some of the complaints are valid. It’s not a perfect list,” she said. “If it would have been up to me (alone) the list would have been completely different. ... We feel like the projects in Gwinnett County are truly going to make a difference in people’s ability to move around the county — people and freight.”
Nash said she believes a person’s vote is a personal decision and she did not want to disclose how she would fill out her ballot.
“I really believe that is a very private thing,” she said, adding that she has not endorsed any candidates for office. “My husband has voted and I haven’t even asked him.”
Nash said she has been surprised by the number of politicians campaigning for or against the issue, especially since a former Gwinnett chairman faced an ethics complaint more than a decade ago for a seemingly innocuous comment about a proposed local sales tax.
The vote, coming up next week, could play a role in the county’s next tax proposal, which is slated to be on ballots in November of 2013, Nash added, especially in determining the portion of the revenues that would be dedicated toward transportation. (In the past, the special purpose local option sales tax has been divided among capital projects for parks, libraries, police and fire stations and transportation.)