If you’re a Georgia Republican with ambitions in 2010, little has been more puzzling than the decision by the Gwinnett County Commission to propose a 25 percent property tax increase.
The situation came to a head late last week, after county residents and well-positioned GOP leaders alike threatened to use recall petitions to toss out all five — all Republican — commissioners.
“They will not last the end of the year,” state Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) warned last Wednesday.
Less than 24 hours later, Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charles Bannister postponed a vote on the tax increase, which had been scheduled this week. Even so, anti-tax organizers plan to go through with tonight’s protest at a local park.
In announcing his return to the drawing board, Bannister said much of the opposition was “generated by misinformation.” Critics of the tax increase, who include Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams, argue they’ve had to pry out details by peppering the county with requests