August 12, 2012
As my child crams into an even more crowded classroom this week I wonder how did funds go for Chamber Salaries and not Teacher Salaries. As I read these articles I hear Gwinnett saying this is a great investment. If it is such a great investment then be upfront, be accountable and be responsible with our children’s education funds.
Show us how this investment paid off Show us where in the budget these salaries are disclosed, don’t hide it I asked Mr. Cost where this line item was in the budget. He kindly responded to me. It is : Reporting department - Financial Services (300002-9990) on page 648.
Here is the link if you want to look it up yourself: http://votejenfalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/General-Fund-Budget-Book-FY2013.pdf
This is hardly transparent: Page 648, item 3000002-9990 reads like this: Financial Services (3000002-9990-NA) FY2012 actual $258,771 FY2013 proposed $245,687 FY2013 Supt. Recommended: $245,687 Description: Banking fees and services for central office and local schools (includes investment advisor)
It is my opinion that this budget should be transparent and honest. If it is a great idea then disclose it.
If it isn’t a great idea then get rid of it. We are in a fiscal CRISIS. Our kids deserve good schools and good teachers. Our class sizes should NOT have increased by an avg. of 2 per class. The Chamber Salary could put 2 or 3 teachers back in the classroom. Look at the budget … there are plenty of places to choose our kids over bureaucracy.
Give our kids the best schools in Georgia. Great Schools will attract many from other counties. People will move to Gwinnett in droves if we give our kids the education they deserve. Our empty homes will sell, our tax digest will increase and good things will follow.
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Of the failed T-SPLOST campaign, Gwinnett Chamber President Jim Maran said, "We're so pleased with the collaboration demonstrated by business and community leadership, leading up to this vote -- it sets a wonderful tone for working together in the future.". He's pleased; We're not. The collaboration that so