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How funny and ironic that the author of this editorial is listed as: By none (12)
I can certainly understand why you said you find it real troubling, almost to the point of being comical, that our commissioners are considering a "code of conduct". While they pledged that restoring public trust in local government was their #1 priority, and they have held town hall meetings to attempt to increase trust, they are using taxpayers' money to fight an open records lawsuit to try to prevent taxpayers from learning how they spent taxpayers' money. If it wasn't so troubling, that would be comical, too.
How can they expect anyone to take their pledges, promises and "code of conduct" seriously, when they are fighting in court to hide the facts about how they spent taxpayer money? Trust and respect are earned and taxpayers are not buying this sales pitch from the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners.
Hi Mack711: The county commissioners have been giving $500,000 per year to the Gwinnett Chamber/Partnership Gwinnett. Gwinnett County Public Schools has been paying the salaries of 2 economic development managers with education funds since 2007 at a rate of approximately $150,000 per year, the Gwinnett Conventions & Visitors Bureau has been giving them $100,000 per year, the cities in Gwinnett have made payments, the CID’s have made payments, the Gwinnett Industrial Development Authority has made payments, the Norcross Downtown Development Authority has made payments, and Gwinnett Tech and other government entities have made payments. Millions and millions of taxpayer dollars have been given to the Gwinnett Chamber/Partnership Gwinnett.
cwkimbro: You wrote:
"The Chamber of Commerce is privately funded through membership dues from 2000 businesses in the county, not from the county."
This is NOT true. Taxpayers have been giving over $1 million per year to the Gwinnett Chamber.
Whether you agree or disagree with Jimmy Orr, he is one of the most respected and honorable men in Gwinnett. I don’t like for anyone to treat my friend, Jimmy, with disrespect.
"If you really believe the data supplied by GCPS is not accurate, then find some facts that would support your position."
I filed open records requests that show GCPS does not have one shred of documentation to support their claim that they received $6 million in return for paying chamber salaries. Your statement is based on the assumption that the chamber generated $800 million in economic activity. The chamber has not provided any credible documentation to prove they generated $800 million in economic activity.
I'm still waiting for someone to explain how GCPS got $6 million in return for paying the salaries of chamber employees.
"It specifically goes to salaries to help Partnership Gwinnett to bring business into the county, which increases the tax base. An estimate of $6 million increase in tax revenue over the last 5 years for an investment of 5 X $150,000 gives a return on this investment of 800%. An outstanding return on investment."
That is a very impressive ROI. How did you determine that GCPS received $6 million in return for paying the salaries of 2 PG/chamber employees?
You can read how the Gwinnett Chamber supported their claim of generating $800 million in economic activity at this website:
We asked for an explanation of the numbers that do not stand up to scrutiny several months ago and have heard nothing since then, despite numerous promises from BOC members who said taxpayers deserved a credible explanation.
Don’t forget that GCPS admitted they have never asked for any substantiation of the claim that the Gwinnett Chamber/Partnership Gwinnett generated $800 million in economic activity. GCPS does not have one shred of paperwork to support their claim that paying the chamber salaries resulted in $6 million going to the classroom.
Also do not forget that the claim of $800 million in economic activity was made to other government entities that provide funding to the chamber, and they apparently never questioned it either.
The graduation rate of 67.6% for GCPS was printed in the spring bulletin. One third of GCPS students do not graduate in 4 years.
(See page 3.)
You can also view the report prepared by State School Superintendent John Barge for the Governor’s Office:
Even though Gwinnett's rate is about average for Georgia, there are 111 Georgia school systems, or 60%, that have higher graduation rates than GCPS.
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