Listen up Georgia voters! Tomorrow is a big day for us as we have to vote on the 1% TSPLOST tax which has been very controversial because it is the largest tax increase this state has ever seen. Despite all of the commercials which promote the tax (which fail to inform us of the pitfalls), here are six reasons I will be voting NO (and so should you) to the TSPLOST!
1. Family Tax: T-SPLOST is an $18 billion tax on groceries and medications making this proposal hardest hitting on all family budgets from lower income to senior citizens – without relieving traffic congestion.
2. Since we were promised that the toll on highway Ga 400 would end as soon as it was paid for & years later we still pay toll, I have no reason to believe this will end after 10 years as promised. Yes Gov. Deal (R) just promised to end it 4 years earlier than expected but this is too little, too late. We have already been hoodwinked & lied to long enough.
3. The state taxes we pay already are supposed to cover transportation upgrades. Georgia needs to spend within it’s means & stop taxing us to compensate for a lack of fiscal responsibility.
4. The projects list is the result of political back room deals between republicans & democrats alike, not traffic engineering efforts to alleviate traffic congestion. Millions of dollars contributed to tax proponent organizations such as Citizens for Transportation Mobility by road contractors and engineers who stand to gain millions more from state contracts.
5. Unsustainable Costs: Over 50% of funds ($3.2B) earmarked for transit that today carries less than 2% of regional commuters at a substantial financial loss. The Atlanta Regional Commission cannot explain long term operating & maintenance after 10 years for many projects.
6. It’s not fair to make other cities outside of the perimeter & rural areas of Georgia pay for metro Atlanta’s transportation issues when they will never use our transportation & this tax will in no way benefit them. Let metro Atlanta pay for their own transportation problems (bottom line).
My fellow Georgian & conservative blogger Greg Williams also shed light on the T-SPLOST & gives us some expert opinions in a recent blog:
“The T-SPLOST seeks to raise around $18 Billion statewide over the next 10 years for the stated purpose of traffic improvement and economic development. The chosen vehicle to collect this revenue is through a regressive sales tax applied to virtually all purchases in the state of Georgia with the exception of gasoline and jet fuel, an inescapable irony to many T-SPLOST detractors.”
Please read the entire blog HERE
In an economy which already has many Georgia families on the edge, barely making ends meet, another tax which will increase household costs is not the answer. It places a greater burden on already stressed budgets in the name of “transportation upgrades”. Let’s vote NO to the T-SPLOST tax and show our legislators that political legerdemain based taxes will not be tolerated as this will only drain our pockets while failing to fix metropolitan Atlanta’s traffic problem.