I-85 South near Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Gwinnett County
Any publicity is good publicity, right? Gwinnett police and firefighters seem to think so. After asking for a raise for months, a group of public safety employees began advertising its quest for more pay. The billboard, which also lists the county commission's phone number and urges motorists to "Support pay raises now!, was paid for by individual public safety officers. Gwinnett plans to spend up to $750,000 to analyze how the county compares with others' salaries for their police officers and firefighters, but wouldn't the money be better spent on the public's safety? The county currently offers the lowest pay of five metro Atlanta counties. The study could be complete by the end of the year.