Gwinnett BOC and School Board: Keeping Taxpayers in the Dark is Expensive

Taxpayer Funding of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Taxpayer Funding of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce  Download PDF 

How much are you willing to spend to make sure you don’t know anything?

All Gwinnett taxpayers need to ask themselves that question. As the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and Gwinnett County Public Schools continue to fight an open records lawsuit, your elected officials are forcing you to foot the ever-increasing bill. Why are they fighting so hard and spending so much of your money to ensure you don’t know how millions of your tax dollars were spent by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce?

If there is a good reason why your county commissioners and school board members think they should be spending your money to make sure you don’t know anything, shouldn't they explain that to you?

Read the attached 30 page PDF file and decide if your elected officials owe you an explanation.

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David Hancock December 07, 2013 at 12:13 PM
So what secrets could they possibly be protecting? Launch codes for the nations ICBM's? I don't think so. As I understand the lawsuit, it is just to find out how tax money was spent in the past. How could this in any way be secret information? The only reason to hide spending from the public is if you are afraid the voters would not approve. But if they are doing their job and spending money to benefit the County, why wouldn't they be proud to show us where the funds went? Something is wrong here and I hope we get a chance to find out what it is.
M.K. OSBORNE December 07, 2013 at 05:30 PM
They have to protect the ones they are working for ! come on people are you that stupid ! until you vote there butts out and quit voting according to who they tell you to vote for , that is YOUR leadership ..... get over it or make it ugly !
Linda Pittman December 07, 2013 at 07:10 PM
What do counties have to hide? Have they forgot about transparency and honesty. Have they forgot who pays their salaries. It's a sad day in America when a citizen has to resort to lawsuits when these documents belong to the public. What is the Attorney General doing?
Shelly Nix December 07, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Too many times we think that it is just easier to let the status quo stay in place as at this level it doesn't matter, though the hiding starts at the local level and continues all the way to D.C. Any time hiding information becomes necessary there is something illegal or unethical going on. Transparency by definition means to be able to see through, maybe a lesson in the English language needs to be given to all elected officials in Gwinnett County!
Mary Patrick December 08, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Every county seems to have its "leaders" that can do as they please and get away with it. Gwinnett seems to be particularly adept at electing the most corrupt. Between the county attorney's helping to block the open records and meetings laws and the Attorney General doing nothing more than writing a letter, it is left up to the citizens to plunk down their hard earned money and file a lawsuit to just have the law enforced. We can thank our State Legislature for that--who doesn't have to comply with open government laws! What a system!!
James Bell Video December 08, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Thank you GCRG for keeping watch. It is incumbent upon the people to enforce the laws. The state of Georgia is to busy spending our money to enforce it. jb
M.K. OSBORNE December 08, 2013 at 01:50 PM
I think its time for a state law which prohibits Government for using taxpayer money to keep taxpayers from public records ... I suggest contacting all your supporters and have them contact there State rep demanding this be done as a check and balance in our county .... they then have the choice of representing the people or outing themselves !!
Linda Pittman December 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Gwinnett County is not alone when it comes to corruption and no transparency. This is a state wide problem because no one is holding the officials breaking the laws accountable. County commissioners are making Open Records Request financially out of reach for the tax payers. WHY if there is nothing to hide. Why is this information a secrete. When these people run for office they promise you the moon. When in office, they became your worse nightmare. Time to take a stand and Unite in the fight for transparency in government.


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