July 12, 2012
TSPLOST –MORE VOICES COMING OUT AGAINST THE 1% TAX
Remember, it is
NOT a one-cent sales tax—it is a ONE PERCENT sales tax. There is a difference. It is not a penny, it is a penny for EVERY
DOLLAR you spend on anything you buy for the next 10 years.
What will it be
used for in Jasper
County? A bypass that has been on the State “to do
list” for years and still never happened?
A passing lane that has been on the GDOT books for several years, yet
A map of the projects
in our region is here:
will have to enlarge the map to see where the blue lines are. For Jasper the long line along Hwy 83 does
not mean the entire road will be 2 lane, it just means that there will be a
passing lane somewhere along the line. NONE OF THE JASPER COUNTY PROJECTS
ARE FULLY FUNDED. WHERE WILL THE REST OF
THE MONEY COME FROM TO FUND THE PROJECTS?
ALL OUR DOT REP SAID WAS “OTHER SOURCES”. Those other sources will be from YOUR
and candidates and organizations are coming out against a proposed transportation sales tax on
the July 31 ballot
AGAINST—Sierra Club, NAACP, Tea
Party, many candidates, and State Legislators.
What Georgians don’t hear from groups
promoting the TSPLOST is, as the Georgia Public Policy Foundation (GPPF) noted
in its study on the referendum (p.16), a little
more than half of money would be doled out for mass transit.
Georgia Senate majority leader now
against transportation sales tax
Chip Rogers said T-SPLOST won't solve Atlanta
congestion and won't provide enough funding
Prominent lawmakers blast transportation referendum
Posted: Jul 09, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 10, 2012 7:13 AM EDT
By Christopher King - email
Rogers and the Transportation Leadership Coalition held a press conference
Monday morning to criticize the proposal, calling it a tax hike that doesn't
solve the transportation problems.
Sen. Vincent Fort, the democratic whip,
originally voted to put the transportation on the ballot as well. On Monday he
called the proposal "a bad idea" because it would saddle Fulton and
DeKalb counties with heavier tax burdens.
Aued - Athens
Banner-Herald June 21, 2012
“He (Barrow County
Chairman) opposes the 1 percent tax, even though he helped put together the
list of Northeast Georgia projects it would
the measure are skeptical of the government's ability to manage the funds and
have questioned how much control over the 25 percent discretionary funding will
be in place if the measure passes. How much will the
counties really receive? The State will
received billions as its share.
you vote and think all our county roads are going to be paved, and that we get
a passing lane, and the bypass will be completed, read other information. It will be the biggest tax increase in Georgia
history. No one knows exactly how it
works but they want you to pass it anyway.
DOT already has 10,000 projects on their books and according to Jim Cole, can
only do about 80 a year. Where will the Jasper County
projects fit into this list?
The tax covers a 10 year period. The
funds are totaled for the region, then allocated based upon 75% a “constrained
investment list of projects and 25% discretionary funds based upon an 80%
non-state road miles per county and 20% based upon population. Funds are collected by the Georgia Department of Revenue, then transferred
to the Georgia Finance and Investment Commission for distribution. Confusing? You bet. That is intentional.
is the evaluation, from a cost recovery point of view of why TSPLOST is an
governments have no idea how they’ll spend their portion of the TSPLOST
Local governments will receive around $1 billion of the ~$7 billion that we
will pay in increased taxes if the TSPLOST passes. And citizens are
naturally interested to see what that $1 billion will provide. Well, it
turns out that more than half of the 78 areas don’t have a project list at
$1 billion of our tax dollars is a
lot of money. How can government ask us to volunteer to pay higher taxes
when they can’t even tell us how they’ll spend the money?
Be informed. Get all
the information you can. Read many
sources and vote wisely. You will be
taxed for 10 years on everything you buy if this tax is passed and our local
politicians will decide which roads the money will be used on.