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Nash mum on transportation vote

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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.)

Comments

Cleanupguy 1 year, 8 months ago

One might think that as a responsible leader who participated in laying the groundwork for this proposal (constructing the potential project list) that she would have some wisdom to share on this. Or maybe she's up for election..........

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Dubbin 1 year, 8 months ago

Well at least she isn't falling all over herself to promote it.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

A private thing? We don't care what Nash knows about her husband's vote. He is not an elected public official. But we do care about her position on the matter and a lack of transparency is a vote for her opponent in the next election. Gwinnett is very tired of playing these games with these people.

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BuzzG 1 year, 8 months ago

Biggest pro TSPLOST CONTRIBUTORS

Georgia Power Company Primary 2012 $250,000.0 National Association of Realtors Primary 2012 $185,000.0 Cox Enterprises, Inc. Primary 2012 $150,000.0 Delta Air Lines, Inc. Primary 2012 $150,000.0 The Home Depot USA, Inc. Primary 2012 $150,000.0 Yancey Bros. Co. Primary 2012 $125,000.0 Yancey Bros. Co. Primary 2012 $125,000.0 ATandT Primary 2012 $100,000.0 Cox Enterprises, Inc. Primary 2012 $100,000.0 Georgia Highway Contractors Assn Inc. Primary 2012 $100,000.0 Newell Rubbermaid Primary 2012 $100,000.0 Post Apartment Homes Primary 2012 $100,000.0 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Primary 2012 $100,000.0 UPS Primary 2012 $100,000.0 AGL Resources Primary 2012 $75,000.0 Cousins Properties Incorporated Primary 2012 $75,000.0 Georgia Highway Contractors Assn Inc. Primary 2012 $75,000.0 Georgia Highway Contractors Assn Inc. Primary 2012 $75,000.0 Jamestown Primary 2012 $75,000.0 The Coca-Cola Company Primary 2012 $62,500.0 The Coca-Cola Company Primary 2012 $62,500.0 The Coca-Cola Company Primary 2012 $62,500.0 Bank of America Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Bombardier Transportation Primary 2012 $50,000.0 C. W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 C. W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 C. W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 C. W. Matthews Contracting Co., Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Carlyle Fraser Empl. Benefit Fund Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Carlyle Fraser Empl. Benefit Fund Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Caterpillar Primary 2012 $50,000.0 GE Power Systems Primary 2012 $50,000.0 ICE Primary 2012 $50,000.0 ICE Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Invesco Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Jackson Healthcare, LLC Primary 2012 $50,000.0 PB Americas, Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 RockTenn Primary 2012 $50,000.0 RockTenn Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Siemens Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Siemens Primary 2012 $50,000.0 SunTrust Banks, Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 SunTrust Banks, Inc. Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Vulcan Materials Company Primary 2012 $50,000.0 Wells Fargo Primary 2012 $50,000.0

Its not that these businesses are spending their money to improve roads. They are spending their money to grant the government the right to take money from we the people. These businesses are our enemies.

Good-bye Coke, hello Pepsi. Good-bye AT&T, hello Verizon.

Georgia Power spends its money advocating things politicians want, politicians grant Georgia Power rate increases. It is a money laundering scheme second to none and all involved should be in prison.

Power to the people.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 8 months ago

Spoken like a true Socialist - whatever happened to the capitalist free enterprise system? Personally, I'm a conservative type stockholder in a few of these companies (I opted to save and invest instead of forming a reliance upon guv-mint Socialist Security and Medicare handouts), and as an investing job-creator I happen to support business growth, but thanks for the rant. WOW - business is our enemy - a criminal money laundering effort? Guess that medication isn't working for you.

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Jeff 1 year, 8 months ago

I like her response. She states that a former colleague had an ethics complaint lodged against them for supporting a local sales tax in the past. Why in the world would she want to put herself in that same position. Then she basically says that you should vote how you want to, don't let me influence you one way or the other. It is clear by reading the article that she supports the T-SPLOST. As the BOC Chairman, she would do whatever she can to avoid raising property taxes, so a user tax is a great alternative for her.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 8 months ago

I would think that a leader would want to, oh, say maybe LEAD, and give us her sage advice for the greater benefit of Gwinnett on this. The last supreme leader (Bannister) would have agreed with you that all taxes are bad, but strong citizen input regarding Police and QOL cuts prevailed. I think that Nash's lack of clarity on this is irresponsible and politically driven.

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 8 months ago

you're expecting a lifelong government bureaucrat to act...how?..

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 8 months ago

Perhaps like the non-winning candidate in the next election?

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dman 1 year, 8 months ago

The Presidential Election and other local elections affect us locally...are you going to ask her who she is going to vote for on those as well? Who or What one person votes for doesn't sway the normal every day voter any way. Folks, let's focus on the issues at hand and keep our eye on the ball, not what one person thinks.

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

Perhaps you missed it or you just don't have the wherewithal to figure it out. What this one person thinks about the TSPLOST referendum is not only in the interest of the voters, but demonstrates to the voters whether she genuinely represents the constituents who put her into office. I know that is a small important, but often overlooked, detail. It is not only permissible for a constituent to ask what her position is, it is our duty to ask.

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dman 1 year, 8 months ago

If I was in office, I wouldn't tell you either, as you and your folks would use it run me out of town. Sometimes it is just better to keep your vote to yourself, when it is a Vote that hundreds of thousands of citizens get to vote on. Now, if it was a Vote on raising your taxes, in which the 5 commissioners can do, then by all means, "how did she vote."

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NewsReader 1 year, 8 months ago

LOL, which is why you AREN'T in office and I wouldn't hang my hat on the remote possibility if I were you either! Does anybody besides me see the fallacy in his argument? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

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dentaldawg83 1 year, 8 months ago

The difference is here Nash is just plain scared to say anything. If you are a true leader you don't worry about the potshots because they will always be there. She is no more than a poor politician with no spine and we, imo, need better.

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dman 1 year, 8 months ago

So, now we are all mindreaders and we know she is scared. Again, one politicians opinion on a referendum that WILL NOT be decided by her one vote. We need to concentrate on the big picture here and not let this weigh us down. Not here to be confrontational, just thinking there are other things to worry about than 1 citizen's vote. That's all. NewsReader and dentaldawg, have a good one. We'll see on another subject. I'm out.

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