At Tuesday’s meeting the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners is expected to issue a call for a SPLOST referendum to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot. Anticipating that, the county announced it will hold an organizational meeting on Aug. 26 for those interested in participating on the Citizens Project Selection Committee for transportation projects.
Though not everyone is enthralled with the special purpose local option sales tax, we believe it is a good way for Gwinnett to keep up its infrastructure and is a critical component in trying to manage the county’s traffic situation (70 percent of this newest SPLOST, an estimated $275 million, will go toward transportation).
We also believe in the importance of taking part in the Aug. 26 meeting, which will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. Time and again, citizens complain about not having input into county decisions while overlooking meetings like this one.
The money will go toward specific improvements in Gwinnett. It is your county and your roads. This meeting is a chance for the decisions to also include your voice.
Members and alternates representing six major interest groups for the committee will be selected at this meeting. Four members will represent homeowners (one from each commission district) and there will be one representative selected to represent the following: business community, environmental stakeholders, schools, civic organizations and the county’s senior population.
“The committee’s immediate role will be to review and prioritize prospective project categories and to share information with the interest groups,” Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim 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.”
If it passes, the latest SPLOST will take effect next year on March 31, when the previous one expires. It would end in 2017 and is projected to raise an estimated $498 million. The majority of that amount would go toward transportation projects, including roads, bridges, intersection improvements and sidewalks.
Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said its imperative that the county receive input from all segments of Gwinnett. This is your chance to make your voice heard. We urge you to take advantage of that on Aug. 26.