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Rogers: TSPLOST Is 'Largest Tax Increase in Our State's History'

Rogers expressed his opposition to the controversial 10-year, 10-county transportation sales tax during a June 25 debate in Cherokee, too.

On the first day of , Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) on Monday repeated his stance against a .

According to WSB Radio, Rogers held a press conference with members of the Transportation Leadership Coalition, a group that is working to defeat the referendum, commonly referred to as TSPLOST.

Calling it "the largest tax increase in our state's history," Rogers said many of the will still need funding after the 10-year tax expires.

It wasn't the first time that Rogers echoed that sentiment, a position that puts him at odds with  during an appearance last month in Midtown, according to Midtown Patch

At a  in Towne Lake, Rogers told a standing-room only crowd that he thought the TSPLOST was "ridiculous" and "a total and complete waste of money."

He said he would be the first to join a lawsuit if voters approve the tax referendum on July 31.

"This (Atlanta Regional Transportation) Roundtable took an illegal act and decided to put money on this list for transportation projects for maintenance and operations," he said. "I put into the bill a safeguard that said you absolutely cannot do that. That is prohibited. They decided to it anyway. 

"If this $8 billion tax increase passes, I'll be the first person to say this is wrong because you violated the law in coming up with this list."

Rogers' opponent, state transportation board member Brandon Beach, said at that debate that he planned to vote for the tax.

"I don't like having all that in there," said Beach, who is president of the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. "... But a penny dedicated to 157 projects you know you're going to get delievered very similar to an ESPLOST, I can support that concept."

Click on the attached videos to watch what Beach and Rogers had to say during the June 25 debate at the Cherokee County Republican headquarters in Towne Lake.

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Max Jackson July 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
How in the hell are we supposed to pay for much needed roadwork? Sen. "Will the Thrill" Rogers is so gung-ho about bringing in more business and residents to the county, but we have no way to pay for the roads and schools which will be needed. Our county is growing and we must act like grown ups. If we do not approve the TSPLOST our businesses and residents will be at a significant disadvantage for the next 30 years!!
Bob S July 11, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Last I checked road work was already paid for by current taxes. Why do we need a 'special' tax to repair the roads? New roads are part of growth but should be mostly borne by the entity creating the growth (i.e. new sub-division, company plant, etc.).
Max Jackson July 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM
@ Bob, I agree the current road work is paid for by current taxes, but we must anticipate the growth of our community. I have seen my property value go down every year for the last 5 years, but my taxes have continued to go up. The county commissioners have no other mechanism to close gaps in our county budget except to raise the millage rate. Any additional sales tax will not only pull in money from Cherokee residents, but anyone who comes to Cherokee to spend money. These non-county residents do not pay for our roads and infrastructure but they pass through our county every day or come here for work every day. The other option is to stop giving favorable tax deals to companies who relocate to Cherokee. That would not be a smart move, since that would be like cutting off our nose to spite our face. We need those jobs, now more than ever. The TSPLOST will tax everyone to benefit everyone.
Cherokee Taxpayer July 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
TSPLOST is just another tax! Maybe these projects need to be postponed until the economy improves. Besides do you really think our "trusted" politicians won't use this money for something else just like the Cherokee County commissioners did with the local SPLOST to bail out Bobo. Wake up people, quite giving government more money to waste.

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