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Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

Chambliss applauds Georgia's charter schools

ATLANTA -- United States Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) has expressed his support for Georgia's charter schools and applauded those working to expand the charter system on behalf of children, families and communities across the state.

The week of May 2 is National Charter Schools Week.

"Georgia's excellent charter school sector continues to raise the bar for educational standards, and I applaud the Georgia Charter Schools Association for their commitment to education," said Sen. Chambliss. "Charter schools' emphasis on empowering parents with public school choice, innovation and local control provide quality alternatives for many families, and they give our students a good foundation to succeed.

Gwinnett Commissioners may postpone airport vote

Gwinnett Commissioners may postpone airport vote

LAWRENCEVILLE --  A decision on whether to allow ticketed passenger service at Briscoe Field may have to wait a little longer.

A Gwinnett Board of Commissioners votes is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, but a resolution may be introduced to delay the vote so that more residents can voice their opinions.

The issue at hand is whether to begin to allow larger passenger planes, seating up to 140, to fly in and out of Briscoe Field, which currently serves only coporate jets and small commercial aircraft.

Commissioner John Heard, who is scheduled to introduce the resolution, opposes allowing large passenger planes into the airport.

 

Commercial Property Assessment notices incorrect, corrected notices to be mailed April 6

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – (submitted by Gwinnett County) The commercial property value assessment notices that were mailed on Friday, March 25 by the Gwinnett County Board of Tax Assessors should be disregarded. The notices were sent to the incorrect owner due to a production error. Corrected notices will be issued on April 6. The Board of Tax Assessors contracted with a private company to print and mail the 13,944 commercial property notices. “On behalf of Gwinnett County and the Board of Tax Assessors, I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this error may cause,” said Steve Pruitt, Gwinnett County Tax Assessor.

The printing company will bear the entire cost of reprinting and mailing the notices of assessment to the correct property owners. Since the mailing date has shifted by more than a week, the last day to appeal commercial assessment values will be May 23.

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County's adopted 2011 budget included an $18 million deficit. While that gap represented less than one percent of the total budget, using fund balance to fill the deficit would have been unsustainable.

Commission closes $18 million budget gap

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – (submitted by Gwinnett County Government) The Gwinnett County Commission approved two recommendations on Tuesday that finished closing the County’s $18 million 2011 budget deficit.

Actions taken since the 2011 budget was adopted on Jan. 4 had filled all but about $2.6 million of the original $18 million shortfall. The items approved by commissioners during their March 15 meeting will raise the County’s 2011 revenue estimate by an additional $1.66 million and establish a new Budget Stabilization Reserve within the general fund that will allow the County to draw up to $3 million from this fund to pay for operations.

The increase in the County’s 2011 revenue estimate is based primarily on new judicial fees being generated through the County’s court system as a result of legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2010.

Gwinnett County to hold special election

Gwinnett County to hold special election

LAWRENCEVILLE – On Tuesday, March 15, Gwinnett County will hold their special election to elect a new chairman for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

There are four candidates vying for this post, they are: former Gwinnett County administrator Charlotte Nash of Dacula, formal naval officer Larry Gause of Tucker, retired assistant chief of police Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and business owner Will Costa of Lilburn.  

This election is being held in wake of the controversial resignation of former Chairman Charles Bannister and the indictment, and eventual resignation, of his replacement, Kevin Kenerly.

Bannister resigned to avoid a perjury charge upon a grand jury investigation of unlawful land deals but was eventually cleared of all charges.

Gwinnett County to hold special election

Gwinnett County to hold special election

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) The special election to fill the unexpired term of chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will take place on Tuesday, March 15 from 7AM to 7PM at your voting precinct. Click here to view the qualified candidates in the special election.