Many of you may recall the flurry of mailers from the last City Council election. Jay Lin spent tens of thousands of dollars on Giant postcards stating “No tax increases” & is “committed to holding the line on spending and rolling back the millage rate“. Yet, Jay Lin: Violated his Taxpayer Protection Pledge and voted for every tax increase that came his way.
Below is a mailer from his campaign indicating he sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. This document is a PROMISE “to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.“
Councilman Jay Lin was sworn in January 2016
Since then he has voted for 3 tax increases:
1) Voted to Allow an IGA for TSPLOST on the ballot – Largest tax increase EVER in Johns Creek
2) Voted to place a $40 million Park bond on the ballot
3) Lin made a motion for keeping millage rate same (which was a 3% tax increase) He Voted AGAINST reducing the millage rate (which reduced taxes)
Here is a link to the video from the millage rate vote. Watch Jay Lin in action.
We reached out for comments from Jay Lin’s election opponents. Todd Burkhalter did not reply. Below is from Chris Coughlin.
“While this doesn’t surprise me as we often see our elected representatives vote against their campaign rhetoric that got them elected, I’m surprised in this instance that Councilman Lin has flip-flopped so quickly in his term.
I’m also confused of why, in the same meeting, he thought we could cut the budget by four to six percent, but then was the one to motion to increase property taxes by approximately three percent.
As I’ve developed a friendship with Jay following the election, I’d encourage him to clarify his positions and philosophy as that would be in the best interest of the citizens, and come in line with the positions he espoused on the campaign trail for the remaining three years of his term.”