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This is a real shame! If we are going to have a professional hockey team, we need to make special accommodations for them when they make it to post-season play. I realize that scheduling is tricky, but most other places don't seem to have these issues. There are tons of other places that would love to have a hockey team like the Gladiators. Let's not give them a reason to leave for one of those places. The Gladiators deserve better treatment than this!
I have been to these district meetings and despite what Seckinger says here, the board does not want to hear negative comments from the audience. I recall a few years ago there being a meeting where parents stood up and spoke on an issue involving a school in Suwanee. Not only were the speakers cut off and told to bring the issue up in another forum, but later the board chairman basically tried to scold the people for using a board meeting for raising concerns. Someone even spoke up and said that they were confused because they were told to bring their concerns to the board. I believe the response from the board was something like "there are other forums to express concerns." They didn't elaborate on what those forums were.
I'm all for it. If the facilities are going to be built with private funds and the state can benefit from it through special taxes, I think it's a great idea. Besides, people should be allowed to gamble if they want...actually, they WILL gamble if they want, so why not regulate it and collect taxes from it instead of allowing all of this tax money to go to surrounding states?
I would like to know if Wilbanks and others at the executive or superintendent level have received raises. I certainly hope not if the teachers aren't getting them. The previous poster is correct, most people haven't gotten much, if any, raises and many have had to take reductions in salary or hours worked. This will probably only get worse when Obamacare fully kicks in. However, in most cases in the private sector, executives are experiencing the same. If Wilbanks is receiving increases, this should be brought out and made public.
I have to wonder if Kaufman is really the right choice here. As the article points out, he has virtually no private sector experience. As the head of the Chamber, he will be trying to sell businesses on the advantages of coming to Gwinnett. We all know that achieving success in the highly competitive world of business is different than achieving success in the bureaucratic world of government, especially the military and education. Pragmatically, it may not make a lot of difference, but it certainly makes a big difference in terms of his credibility to CEOs. I wish him well, but I do have doubts at this point.
Yeah, this is exactly what we need...another thing to discourage people from going out and buying something. In other words, another thing that damages the economy. Even in this poor economy that we have today, people are still buying cars. Guess what? That will slow down now as well. With the politicians that we have now, there is no way that we will ever climb out of this mess!
There is something that can prevent it...the voting citizens of the county! If these fees are so important, then roll them into the taxes and stop trying to kid everyone that they aren't taxes. While you are explaining why the taxes are being raised, perhaps it might force the county to reassess projects and spending and prioritize...like everyone else has to do their personal and business' budgets.
If the trash companies collected the fees directly for trash service, that would cut the county out. As much as they claim they aren't making money on this trash service policy, they are because they are having to pay for the folks managing all this. I'd like to do away with all this county imposed trash service nonsense and go back to a free enterprise system. Oh, but wait, the county couldn't have their hands in our pockets if that happened.
I totally agree with you "notblind". Not a single drop of rainwater drains off of my house or driveway into the county drain water system, yet every year I'm faced with having to pay this fee. I've raised the issue only to be told "too bad"! It's not an option to not pay it, because if I subtract the amount from the bill in protest, the county claims I haven't paid my taxes in full. Like all politicians, they are talking out of both sides of their mouths. I'm personally glad that these are being separated, because it exposes them for the bogus charges they are!
Although I'm all for efficiency, I'm glad to see that these fees will be separated. Fees such as the stormwater "usage" fee are bogus and by separating them, it exposes them for what they are. I pay a fairly significant amount to these "services", yet not a single drop of water runs off my property into county storm drains. I've complained about this to the county only to be told "too bad, the fee is mandatory." Although I've not personally tried it, I've been told that if you try to subtract the amount from the property tax, the county claims that you are not paying your "taxes" in full. If the fee is mandatory and I have no recourse in appealing them, how is this not a tax anyway?
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