Waging a campaign against a tax doesn’t seem too hard.
Even in a county where voters have been willing to pay an extra penny percentage per decade, everybody hates taxes, right?
But make it all about children, and that is another question all together.
Gwinnett officials may have boosted their chances for the proposed renewal of the special purpose local option sales tax last week with the announcement that a portion of the public safety funds would go toward an emergency alert system to connect police and schools in the case of an emergency.
In an age where school shootings have marked tragedies in communities all too often, the $5 million earmark may take precedent in the minds of voters over the more than $275 million that could go to transportation projects, if the three-year renewal is approved.
“When they say they are using it to keep our children from dying it makes it difficult to argue against it,” said David Hancock, a founder of the Gwinnett Tea Party who is leading a campaign against the renewal of SPLOST.
Hancock said the announcement last week left him frustrated and angry.
“If this is so important, why are they going to wait to see if SPLOST passes and then wait for the pennies to add up to enough money to keep kids from getting shot at school? School safety should be funded out of the school budget before all of the extra central office staff and before they send money to Partnership Gwinnett to pay for their employees,” he said, bringing in another recent controversy.