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County seeking public input on upcoming SPLOST

After Tuesday’s signing of SPLOST agreements by city and county leaders, the county is seeking public input on transportation projects that could be funded by the sales tax renewal. The agreement local leaders signed on Tuesday calls for 70 percent of the three-year sales tax program to go toward transportation if the referendum passes.

The county is looking for residents who would like to serve on the Citizens Project Selection Committee. An organizational meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 26 in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

“The purpose of the meeting is to select members and alternates to represent six major interest groups on the committee,” Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim Conroy said.

According to the county, four members will represent homeowners (one from each commission district) and one representative each will represent the business community, environmental stakeholders, schools, civic organizations, and Gwinnett County’s senior population.

Georgia Power Co. facilitator Del Clark will moderate the meeting. Participants will split into groups and select representatives among themselves, according to Conroy.

“The committee’s immediate role will be to review and prioritize prospective project categories and to share information with the interest groups,” Conroy said. “In addition, members will help maintain an open line of communication between county government and the public and help maximize the benefits of the sales tax proceeds.”

Letters are being sent this week inviting residents to attend the meeting and asking them to help spread the word. The letters are just one part of the plan to receive input, according to Charlotte Nash, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

“We need representation from all segments of the county, so we’re sending letters, talking to the media and sharing information through all the county’s communications channels, including the website,” Nash said.

On Tuesday, the BOC is expected to issue a call for a special purpose local option sales tax referendum to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot. This new program focuses primarily on transportation, but also includes funding for other purposes such as public safety, parks, libraries and senior facilities.

If passed, it would take effect when the current SPLOST program expires next year on March 31. The new program would end in March 2017 and would raise an estimated $498 million in total, according to the county.

Gwinnett County will receive 78.9 percent of the proceeds and the cities in Gwinnett will receive 21.1 percent. The county has determined that 70 percent of its share, or an estimated $275 million, will be dedicated to transportation projects such as roads, bridges, intersection improvements and sidewalks.

For more information about the upcoming meeting, visit www.gwinnettcounty.com or call the Gwinnett Department of Transportation at 770-822-7400.

Comments

MrGreenSpace 8 months, 1 week ago

What we have here in the Cruse/Club Corridor is a desperate need for an intersection improvement where minor arterial Cruse Road meets principal arterial Pleasant Hill Road. It's Fender Bender City! If that weren't enough, a controversial zoning issue threatens to clog this problematical intersection with even more cars if and when a 354-home development gets approved by our Planning Commission on Tuesday, September 3 in the GJAC Auditorium.

Whatever happens here will have county-wide implications as David Jenkins (the same man who profited $7.3 million on an allegedly Kevin Kenerly-pushed county commission agenda item) eyes other parts of Gwinnett for development projects. For more insight, visit Neighborhoods-In-Peril.com.

To be clear here, none of our sitting county commissioners were on the Gwinnett BOC back then and, so far, they've gotten off to a good start with transparency in BOC matters, as far as I can tell.

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dentaldawg83 8 months ago

so if I plan to vote NO, do I need to show up?

because I'm planning to vote no..

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MrGreenSpace 8 months ago

dentaldawg83, that's a good thought-provocative question. This SPLOST electoral meeting last happened September 30, 2008. Back then (and just like right now) the scheduled vote to approve another SPLOST cycle did not happen, but this meeting takes place anyway, just in CASE the voters pass the SPLOST vote on the ballot in the affirmative.

Now, even though you plan to vote no on it, you can still have your cake and eat it, too. Just vote no on November 5, but still come to the August 26 meeting in the GJAC Auditorium to vote for the candidates from the public you most trust with these DOT project recommendation decisions on where and how your penny sales tax revenue gets spent within Gwinnett. It all operates like a caucus, except it's totally nonpartisan...and there will be plenty other folks new to this process, too. No need to feel insecure.

Hey, remember that problematic intersection I mentioned in the first post on this thread? Check this YouTube out. It really needs a SPLOST remedy. A mover-and-shaker friend of mine tells it like it is!

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jackster 8 months ago

Please remember to not call this SPLOST, which for all intents and purposes will go to fund transportation projects, a TSPLOST.

Those that rely on public opinion thank you.

Oh, and if you recall the last SPLOST we approved for Education (an ESPLOST) didn't have planning funds for the operations required of it... Which is why your millage rate went up.

It should be noted here that county services are funded at an all time low - perhaps Gwinnettians like living in a congested mess.

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Why_not 8 months ago

SPLOST cannot be used for operational purposes by any department of the county.

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jjbod1 8 months ago

Just a message for all you NO voters out there. If this one or others do no get re-voted in. Dont start whining and crying when the county then raises our property or school taxes even more than they have now. Like it or not, they are going to get there pet project cash one way or another, thats why its called politics, and they are politicians. At least with the SPLOST taxes, its not just us who pay them, but every one else who comes into our county to spend money.

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Karl 8 months ago

The school millage rate was recently maxed out. By law there's no more room to raise it. Increasing the county portion of your property tax or assessing your property at a higher value is an entirely different possibility, however.

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BufordGuy 8 months ago

Not so. Most of that increase went to cover bonds. They can still increase Operations & Maintenance (which is what is maxed at 20 mils) another 0.75 mils.

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CD 8 months ago

The answer is a no vote for anyone voting for additional taxes. But that would require both an involved and educated electorate. The Gluttonous Heathens understand that they have little to fear in Gwinnett, so they continue to fill their freezers.

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jack 8 months ago

jjbod1-

If the SPLOST passes, they can still raise property taxes whenever they wish.
But you can vote them out of office next election.
You can't vote the SPLOST out.

Why take poison before facing the firing squad?

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