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Then you need to hold yourself and everyone else I'm replying to to the same standard and not just pinpoint me!
I have lived here my whole life and watch this county grow. For a very long time most the reason people moved here was for the local schools. The school system has also won several large national awards and the student population swelled to the largest in the state.
Hispanics are still a minority in this county and most are not illegal and many of them are legal immigrants to begin with. I know this from first hand experience.
As far as discussing fraudulance, give me a freaking break. No one else here has appropriately used data to prove anything, including yourself.
Prove all these people are illegal. Prove that our county hasn't flourished from people moving here for good schools. I don't see you or anyone else doing this. So if you want to dismiss anyone... start with yourself or the original comments that I was replying to, which included people whining about us spending all this money just to educate 'illegals' (or maybe you didn't read the whole discussion?)
We are making new schools everywhere and have been for years. It is done based on demand, so the fact it just happens to relieving one of the only 2 or 3 schools with a sizable hispanic population is small to the bigger picture of the whole county.
It is also wrong to assume most hispanic people are illegal.
I will gladly wait for real hard data to the opposite.
Gwinnett County's budget has been tighter. The only small property tax increase was merely an effort to fill the gap caused by taxes decreasing due to lower property values (caused by the recession). Overall tax proceeds decreased post-2007.
This is funded by the SPLOST tax as most schools have been in the last couple of decades.
This 'splurge' isn't new and has been planned for a long time. We were building new schools 5 years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, and 20 years ago. Why? because we are growing. It is that simple. Not to mention despite all the building, our school system still depended on trailers most the time to handle all the students.
Yes, almost all of the school additions, expansions, and new-built schools in the last 15+ years were built from SPLOST revenues. All of the future planning to handle Gwinnett's population growth also rely on the SPLOST as there is little room for the general budget to handle anything other than operations.
This can be found on the schools systems websites under "planning for our future"
You must be new here. Traditionally most of our high schools have been full of trailers. It has only been in the last 5-10 years we have gotten many of our schools to have a stable capacity population, largely thanks to ESPLOST and the regional growth slow down.
Are you so naive to believe that most students in the GCPS system are illegals and we only build new schools for them?
Are you so naive to believe this type of public spending plays absolutely no role in the value of your property?
Face the real facts.... The sheer overwhelming majority of students in GCPS system aren't even Hispanic, much less the ones that are here illegally. It is our good school system that makes people want to locate here and most of our property values so high and so many people choose to leave here. Yet you are only concerned with the tiniest fraction of the student population.
I'm proud of the success of the GCPS system. You can whine and scapegoat others for other almost entirely unrelated problems all you want, but it doesn't make them true.
But the area around the mall is doing better than it was a couple years ago. I think you might be reading into this too much. The Chamber of Commerce is privately funded through membership dues from 2000 businesses in the county, not from the county. I think they care more about attracting high paying jobs, so there is a large customer base, not lure each individual big box store.
I think the new Sugarloaf pkwy extension, which is a limited access freeway to 316 just solidified the 124 corridor as the place to shop for future new-build neighborhoods in central and east Gwinnett for at least the next 2 decades. Webb Gin ends just a large arterial block from the start of the new freeway. The good is a lot in the area will stay open. It will shift ground zero closer to Sugarloaf and Webb Gin. Since The Avenue is a big pull, I think that will keep the area busy. I think Carmike understands the value to getting that future growth and keep competition away from the best location. The bad is Regal will take a hit... We went there and I couldn't believe how small some of the subdivided theaters have gotten, but the parking lot wasn't empty.
I fully expect to see more retail building along 124 between Webb Ginn and Sugarloaf as the economy picks up. I'm pretty sure that is what is going on with the location.
A bit lofty and ambitious... I think more accurately we are on a path to have our version of something like Kennesaw State University in Gwinnett in 15-20 years.
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