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The LLC spent about $27MM in renovations on the building between the time it was sold for $17MM, so while the $52MM looks like a big spread, it's actually only an $8MM difference when you factor in the renovations.
Basically, the sale of the building amounted to a rather expensive loan (relatively speaking) to build 3 elementary schools in a shorter time frame than otherwise would have been possible.
R, where are you going to go? What county in Georgia has a lower sales tax rate than Georgia? The answer is none. Gwinnett is one of seven with a 6% sales tax. All the rest are 7%, except the 8% in Atlanta.
How about Alabama? Well, most of the counties in AL are north of 6%. A few are at 5.5%. Florida? 6% or higher. SC? 6% or higher? TN? 8% or higher.
So, where are you going to go? I'm not making the argument that it's paid by outsiders. But here is what I do know. Even is only 15% of sales are made to out of County residents, I do know that 0% of property taxes are paid by out of County residents. Oh, and when you raise property taxes on commercial property, whose going to get to pay both the higher taxes on residential and the higher prices on goods because of higher property taxes? 100% of Gwinnett residents.
Where's Utopia, John? Because Gwinnett is one of the FEW counties in Georgia with a 2% sales tax (in addition to the state's 4% sales tax). Nearly every other county in Georgia is 3%. Nobody is lower than 2%, so we're already the lowest in the State of Georgia.
But I suppose platitudes and ad hominems are all you've got when facts aren't on your side. You like to make accusations (I'm not a current or former government employee) and Gwinnett has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state (24 of 159 counties - still a lot of "producers" here).
So, if you've got the answer and since you're out of here soon anyway, why don't you share with us morons what muncipality we should model ourselves after. Think of it as a parting gift to us know-nothings. Tell us where Utopia exists that we might emulate and some day reach the promised land.
Keep in mind that there are consequences to every decision. Voting down of SPLOST will be a very long term loss to the economic viability of the County. There aren't capital funds to do any improvements without SPLOST unless property taxes are raised. This includes resurfacing of roads, replacement of police, fire and EMS vehicles and other basic services that the County must provide.
You can find the County's 2013 budget here. You can find exactly what the 2009 SPLOST has funded here and go to pages 35-39. The County spent more $8MM on resurfacing alone and about $4MM on fire, EMS and police vehicle replacement - which will be needed each year. That's $12MM for just those basic services that has to come from somewhere. If you review the expenditures and you've got brilliant suggestions on where to come up with the reallocations that are legal, including requirements from federal, state and previously committed contractual obligations, I hope you speak up to the BOC.
Also, if you feel like the County is splurging on transportation, in the linked document, I'd encourage you to identify the "splurges" since each and every project and dollar are accounted for in that document. Making arguments with generalities is easy - "they spend too much" or "they splurge" or "they're not responsible" - well, find it in the transportation project list from SPLOST and make a compelling, factual, non-emotional based argument for your position.
I don't know why anybody would run for political office in Gwinnett. You spend 50% of your expense allowance over the lifetime of your 8 terms totaling $23,000 - during that time Gwinnett spent somewhere around 7,000,000,000. (That'd be 0.00003% of the total expenditures in a year...) You get paid next to nothing to serve and you get the DA on you. Even if 50% of the $23,000 is "questionable" - it's still under the allowance, nearly impossible to prove and a total waste of taxpayer time and money to investigate. How much is the County going to rack up in legal fees, even if it's to their own paid employees, to root out $13,000 of maybe questionable reimbursement that was still within the limit?
I think Gwinnett has much bigger issues than this... What a waste of time and money.
David, way to miss the point. If there were so many voters in the Snellville precinct, then surely one of them could have been quoted instead of someone who doesn't live in the district.
Why is the GDP constantly quoting Jason Pfeifle? The guy doesn't even live in D7 and is the head of a left wing and barely known group. At least give some background on the people you're quoting. At least challenge the guy on what the definition of "fair share" is - and not some leftwing gobblygook - real, hard numbers on what incomes should pay as a percentage of the federal income tax. Let's hear what "fair share" thinks is fair.
Here's what I don't understand - the average GBraves game draws about 5,000 people. How is it that just 1,000 more is able to cripple all of northern Gwinnett County's roadways, including the interstate? Even if several people ride together to a GBraves game, the number of seats in GBraves Stadium is over 10,000 - what happens if they actually come close to capacity? Will it shut down the entire area?
I have a hard time understanding how, at a location that has a capacity of 10,000+ people that a 6,000 person event does this much damage. It doesn't make sense - it doesn't make sense that the police don't have any clue how to handle it. Granted that there are extenuating circumstances with it being the Saturday before Christmas near the Mall of Georgia, but it still doesn't make any sense that this would cause this much of a problem. The interstate and road system around Turner Field and the Georgia Dome are not so vastly superior that they can regularly handle 6 to 12 times as many people.
Something doesn't add up.
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