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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Snellville will not accept Gwinnett County funds

The biggest news from last night's Snellville City Council meeting is that the city is not going to use the $6.6M from Gwinnett’s stimulus bonding capacity.

Snellville Mayor Pro-Tem Barbara Bender said she couldn't look the citizens in the eye and say "trust me!" - because that money had strings attached.

Although initially, Snellville hoped to use the money to create a "downtown experience," [see Gwinnett Daily Post, September 21, 2010.] The money would have to be repaid and bonds sold in a short period of time. It was too much of a quick decision the city would have to make in how to wisely use the money -  to accept that money without a plan ahead of time would be a risk. Of course, the money is very tempting, but there are too many unknowns to place a possible burden on the citizens of Snellville.

We are really lucky to have Barbara Bender. She is a very wise woman and is dedicated to making the hard decisions that we might not always be popular, but are in the best interest of the people of Snellville.

1 comment:

  1. Dan Webster1:35 PM

    I'm glad to hear that the city council decided to pass on the $6.6 million bond issue. I think Ms Bender again proved what a valuable asset she is to the city. She and Tom Witts have made a tremendous difference in Snellville and I fully agree with your comment that Snellville is really lucky to have her.

    Unlike Kelly Kautz, she truly puts the people of Snellville first. I found it really hard to believe when a friend of mine told me that Kautz babbled on about wearing a t-shirt because she lost a bet that had nothing to do with the city.


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