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Karl: There is a reason Jim Regan's group is called Citizens for a Better GWINNETT and Sabrina Smith's group is called GWINNETT Citizens for Responsible Government. They focus on GWINNETT issues. I haven't talked to Sabrina since she filed the lawsuit, but in the past, she was willing to share any of her open records with me whenever I asked. If you want to file a lawsuit against anyone for misuse of public funds, she would probably share her open records with you, too.
The Gwinnett Chamber website said the public could attend for $55. It is pay to play for the public. Oh wait. The public already pays to play with the Gwinnett Chamber.
Your tax money is paying a third of the operating costs of the Gwinnett Chamber, while they lobby for issues that a lot of us oppose. Should your tax money support an organization that is lobbying for a tax increase?
Do Gwinnett County taxpayers know that their tax money is being given to the Gwinnett Chamber at a rate of about $1.5 million every year? The Gwinnett Chamber is lobbying hard for TSPLOST and county taxpayer's money is funding the organization that wants you to raise your taxes. Of course they want you to vote to raise your taxes! They also want your tax money to continue funding them year after year after year. We can't blame Charles Bannister, Kevin Kenerly or Shirley Lasseter for this. They are gone and taxpayer money is still being given to the Gwinnett Chamber, which is one of the organizations funding the campaign to promote TSPLOST.
Do you think that it helped to improve CRCT scores because Gwinnett County Public Schools took education funds and paid for the salaries of Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce employees? GCPS been doing this for years. I wonder how teachers feel about this when they take forced furlough days and get paid less than Gwinnett Chamber employees?
Could they hire 2 more teachers if Gwinnett County Public Schools quit paying the salaries of 2 Gwinnett Chamber employees? Why is GCPS still paying the salaries of Gwinnett Chamber employees when they are cutting teachers? Do the Chamber employees contribute more to Gwinnett County Public School students than teachers?
How can Gwinnett Center CEO Preston Williams statement be true:
"It is unusual because developers have asked for no funding from the government, while nearly all hotels built nationwide since the 1990s have required a community buy-in."
Further down in the story, it says:
"Williams said the "stars aligned" in the proposal because Nilhan already had plans to build a full-service hotel just across the street from the Gwinnett Center site, and had $57 million in financing already lined up, including $30 million in federal stimulus financing".
I guess Preston Williams does not think federal stimulus money came from the taxpayers. No wonder he is worried about a possible stench! Maybe he realizes that Gwinnett County taxpayers are sick and tired of the BOC and the Gwinnett Chamber ripping off the taxpayers. Doesn't Preston Williams give $100,000 per year of taxpayer money to the Gwinnett Chamber? Does the Gwinnett Chamber use that money to push for this hotel, TSPLOST and commercial service at the airport? They are using our money against us. Someone like the US Attorney or Danny Porter needs to look into this.
If she was responsible for developing Partnership Gwinnett's public relations strategy, maybe she will do the same thing for Lawrenceville. Sabrina Smith, who is with some group that watches local government, had been looking at Partnership Gwinnett. From what I understand, the county taxpayers are giving over a million a year to the Gwinnett Chamber. Gwinnett County Public Schools is paying the salaries of 2 Gwinnett Chamber employees with our tax money and has been doing that for years. I wonder how teachers feel about that with all of the cutbacks? The cities in Gwinnett, the CIDs and the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau all give taxpayer money to the Gwinnett Chamber. The GCVB gives $100,000 of our money to the Chamber every year. What is the Gwinnett Chamber doing for taxpayers to get that kind of money? If Sabrina Smith reads this, maybe she will comment. What do our elected officials have to say about why they give our money to the Gwinnett Chamber?
Why is the Tea Party for this? I thought they were supposed to be looking out for taxpayers? Does the Tea Party think it is a good idea for the taxpayers to be forced to operate a failed venture when Propeller goes bankrupt? The Propeller people have no experience operating an airport, but they do have experience going bankrupt.
"The Gwinnett County Commissioners should get on board and help turn Gwinnett's economy around. General aviation is struggling at Briscoe Field due to the local economy and fuel prices."
Oh sure. If we have 737s at Briscoe, it will help general aviation with fuel prices and turn the economy around!
" There are other experts in the industry that disagree with Mr. Boyd."
I dare you to find ANY industry expert who will say that there have been ANY successful privatizations under this FAA program.
"The airport expansion could be just what Gwinnett needs to bring back our floundering economy."
Maybe the industry experts who promised us the Braves Stadium would create jobs, bring about economic development and never be a burden on the taxpayers could be brought in to refute Mr. Boyd's statements. Where are those consultants now?
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