Monday at lunchtime I ventured over to the Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville to hear Commission Chairman Candidate Lorraine Green lay out a plan to eliminate property tax for homeowners and replace it with a 1% sales tax. You can listen to the audio of Lorraine’s announcement here (it’s about 12 minutes long).
Green also has a You Tube video explaining the plan here.
News of the Green presser elicited an angry response from the Charles Bannister campaign who fired off a press release (received via email) accusing Green of stealing their idea :
In a press release sent out today by Lorraine Green’s campaign, she once again blatantly stole an issue that Chairman Charles Bannister has been working on for over 2 months and in several public forums and in a mail piece that hit mailboxes last week, Chairman Bannister has talked about his plans to replace property taxes with a sales tax, but Lorraine stole the idea and is now taking credit for it.
Not only has Chairman Bannister mentioned his plan in public several times, he also discussed the implementation of the plan with County Administrator Jock Connell over a month ago.
Said Bannister, “This is just another example of how I have proven myself has a work horse and how Lorraine is nothing but a show horse who runs to the press taking credit for other people’s work. She did the same thing with the illegal immigrant purchasing ordinance by copying Senate Bill 529, the smoking ordinance that she copied from the state, and the I.C.E. 287(g) that she blatantly copied from me. Apparently, she can’t come up with her own ideas, and I think we deserve better in a Commission Chairman.”
I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this.