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I shouldn't even respond to your letter, but I'm getting a little tired of people belittling others for their opinions. Just because you think Romeny is going to put an end to everyone's suffering, you are the delusional one. The man has flip-flop on every policy he has made when he was governor of Mass. He does one thing, but says something else to please whatever audience he is speaking to. Be an informed voter and look at his record as Governor and as a CEO with Bain and listen to what he is saying now. It's like looking at a 2-sided coin. Oh, one other thing the Democrats are just as bad, but they at least changed their party affiliation when they decided to flip-flop on their policies.
Since you apparently are able to buy a new car, this must mean you are certainly a lot better off now than 4 years ago. Most of us are still driving the same cars we have had for the last 10 years, at least that is my case. But the good news, I don't have a car payment and my insurance rates are reasonable. The way I see it, President Obama made it possible for you to buy a new car even if it isn't a GM or Chrysler. And a lot of folks aren't on the welfare roles because they lost their jobs if the car companies were left to go bankrupt. Even the "dreded" unions reigned in their demands and made it possible for the car companies to be competitive. So please think before you speak and disparage the one person that saved this country from another Great Depession, President Obama.
At least the one cent tax will go towards roads, as for my property taxes going up, I really doubt that since I just had my home reassessed and they valued the house down and therefore my property taxes will be based on that. If you keep hoping things will get better and I truly hope they do, what better time than now to put into place a tax that is time limited now than to wait several years when things are much better and the price will be higher, to me that's a win.
And by the way, I support "fair" taxes because I want the police and the EMT's and firemen to be there when I call and I want them driving on safe roads. The roads will be paved and the rail lines will go in, but at what tax base? One cent is fair, everyone shares with the cost.
It may not be the most perfect plan, but why I plan to vote yes to the transpotation one cent sales tax is this: I don't want my property taxes to go up and I also don't care to have the individual counties involved raise their sales tax over the one cent to meet their individual mandates to improve their section to the roads. They won't stop at just one cent.
Call me a fool then, we can't afford not to do this now.
I have to take exception to what John has said. First off if the price of gas increases so does the sales tax. Secondly, if you increase the price of public transportation, people will quit riding buses and get in their cars to drive to where they are going. Adding more cars and congestion to the roads. One cent sales tax isn't all that much and I would like to know who spends $100.00 daily? I certainly don't, in fact I think I might spend, maybe around $25.00, if that much, a week.
You also mentioned those who are in the tax bracket of $80-$90K spending around $500.00 a year, which is total nonsense. You aren't taxed on your car insurance (at least State Farm doesn't tax their clients) and most food items at the grocery store aren't taxed. There are several things that aren't taxed in the State of Georgia. This one cent sales tax would effect everyone, not just the people who live here. The out of state vistors would be paying this one cent sales tax too, coming and going. To me, this is the most "fair" tax of all.
I don't want to see my property taxes increase because a few don't want to pay one cent extra to solve this mess.
All I can say to Mr Brett Smith, bring it on. You woke the citizens up and we aren't going to back down. So go ahead with your lawsuit, I think we can tie you up for years in the court system. And in the meanwhile, enjoy spending lots of money in Gwinnett, you seem to think there aren't any jobs around here. Look around......
I guess I'll pile on with my disdain for Mr. Beaudreau. Talk about being a hypocrite, he had reservations about a piece of property that would probably bring in a lot of revenue around the Atkinson Road area if an Elder-type Townhomes were built, but he gleefully cheered on the Airport expansion in it's early days. If the airport had been approved, traffic would be a bigger nightmare and the possiblity of financial disaster if this adventure failed, but that wouldn't have been a problem for him, the Gwinnett taxpayers would bail them out. He probably saw dollar signs from the promises of fictional long term jobs. I guess he's looking over his shoulder now for fear of someone checking his finances. I guess we can kind of give Shirley L. a back-handed thank you for being corrupt.
I will give you a double AMEN!
Homeowners living near the airport should think about getting together for a class action suit against the county if they proceed with making the airport commercial. I will gladly add my name and money to help hire a lawyer if this thing continues to go forward. I could use a couple of million dollars in my pocket.
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