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City, county leaders sign SPLOST agreement

Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and Sugar Hill Councilman and Gwinnett Municipal Association President, Steve Edwards.

Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash and Sugar Hill Councilman and Gwinnett Municipal Association President, Steve Edwards.

SUGAR HILL — The Gwinnett Municipal Association hosted its bimonthly meeting Tuesday in which county and city officials signed SPLOST agreements for 2013.

The agreement commits 70 percent of the three-year sales tax program to transportation with the next biggest cut going to public safety.

“It’s very important for our cities to be on the same page,” County Commission Charwoman Charlotte Nash said. “This agreement indicates that the leaders of each city understand the importance of working together.”

While the SPLOST is still awaiting approval from voters on Nov. 5, county and city officials moved forward with the plan that will make improvements to the transportation infrastructure.

The agreement gives 21.1 percent of the proceeds to the municipalities. While cities make up about 25 percent of the county’s population, the agreement was reached due to the fact that the county maintains a large network of roads even within city limits. The county also agreed to set aside $25 million of the up to $275 million it would receive for transportation to devote to joint city/county projects.

“We don’t see it as us giving up anything,” Duluth mayor Nancy Harris said. “When we looked at the county projects, we saw how much it benefits our city. So, it really was an easy decision.”

Nash said the transportation projects will be a mix between pedestrian projects and major road improvements.

“We’ll have a citizen project selection committee that will select the final projects,” she said.

Outside of the $275 million for transportation, the agreement devotes more than $70 million to public safety.

“We’re looking at replacing ambulances, police cars and fire trucks,” Nash said.

Nash said she loves seeing the cities working together, adding that by developing relationships and working together, the county will continue to be strong.

“When you have 16 cities, there are 16 different ideas about what should be done,” Nash said. “But finding common ground is important. You’re not always going to get everything you want.”

Peachtree Corners ($19,970,315) will receive the largest share of the 16 cities, while Lawrenceville and Duluth will receive more than $14.5 million. The smallest share will go to Rest Haven ($16,640).

Harris added that seeing the 16 cities within the county work together is only going to make each stronger.

“When the other cities are strong, you’re strong,” she said. “Teamwork is key to making this area a great place to be.”

For a full listing of each city’s share, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

Comments

kevin 8 months ago

Do these politicians really think we are that stupid? We voted against such a tax last year, now they think they will try again under the disguise of the SPLOST. No way Jose' I will send out flyers to advertise this fiasco as much as I can. We are not taxing ourselves for transportation again. If government would leave us alone and provide just the essentials, they would have money to fix the roads and all their other shenanigans. They already receive gas tax receipts now for this purpose along with property taxes. Leave our tax-home and retirement money alone. Do with what you already budgeted.

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dentaldawg83 8 months ago

but Kevin.. gubment jobs depend on this money! :)

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MrGreenSpace 8 months ago

Economic development and transportation projects go hand in hand. And I hear all this grumbling about being taxed to death, but we're only talking about a PENNY sales tax on goods and services offered in Gwinnett. Come on, people...wise up! We have some very serious infrastructure needs here in Gwinnett, yet you're among the first to complain because you're stuck in traffic and can't make it to your destination on time.

In my area of Gwinnett, the intersection of Cruse Road and Pleasant Hill makes the passage of fire trucks from Station 25 extremely difficult. In fact, all drivers on Cruse Rd are asked to back up enough for a fire truck, with its siren going all the time, to make it through. This area was poorly planned to begin with, and now one of David Jenkins' proposed developments wants to add 354 more homes in this congested area, compounding this intersection problem even further. Unless Gwinnett DOT has a SPLOST-funded solution, this absolutely defies common sense. Visit Neighborhoods-In-Peril.com to sign on to an electronic petition and make your voice heard.

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kevin 8 months ago

It isn't just a penny if you took some time to think about it. It is hundreds of millions in pennies. This is being taken our of the pockets of people so the government can decide what to do with it. A key factor in spending it is what can the BOC get from what projects.

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Why_not 8 months ago

I see a huge difference with the local option SPLOST and the regional TSPLOST voted down in the past. The local option will improve only roads within Gwinnett County that we drive on every day. The funds raised by our property taxes will not adequately fund these improvements as well as fall short of replacing the fleets of police cars, ambulances, and fire apparatus that we all depend on. I would much rather pay 1% additional in sales tax and ensure that our infrastructure is adequate and public safety concerns are addressed.

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kevin 8 months ago

Many other cities and counties live on just their 6% sales tax, period. It's called prioritize or do without the things that are unnecessary. How can you say there is a big difference when many of those same projects will probably get done with the SPLOST, only in Gwinnett. If you compare the amounts Gwinnett would have rec'd under a SPLOST vs. the referendum, they would probably be close. Under the referendum, the BOC would get a smaller % of a bigger pie vs. 100% of a smaller pie.

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Reason 8 months ago

Yea, don't vote for the renewal of this. You will be begging for it back, when your subdivision streets are cracked and potholed, with no funds to repair them. What a bunch of twits.

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