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Lt. Governor Touts TSPLOST

Supporters of the 10-year, 10-county, transportation sales tax are raising money to educate voters.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams were among supporters of the regional transportation sales tax referendum who lobbied for its passage Tuesday night in Alpharetta.

The held a fundraiser to answer questions about the , which will go before voters July 31. They also were ready to collect checks on behalf of Citizens for Transportation Mobility to continue what they call an education process.

Thus far, the proposed 10-county, 10-year, 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects .

How will you vote on the TSPLOST referendum July 31? Why?

Andy Macke, who heads the North Fulton Chamber's push to get the 1 percent regional sales tax passed, touted a predicted 4-to-1 return on investment for the estimated $8 billion collected over 10 years. He reminded people of the time they spend in traffic while taking their kids to soccer practice and school events.

Cagle said the traffic congestion has forced companies to reduce the geographic area from which they can recruit workers.

When Gov. Nathan Deal speaks at the May 22 Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast in Johns Creek, he and the anticipated 500 attendees will be given green T-shirts to wear around the neighborhood that ask residents to support the referendum.

"There are a lot of factors that will enter into reasons why someone would not vote for the referendum," Cagle said. "One is, let's face it, this is a tough economic time, and there is a huge anti-tax mentality at whatever level. And so that sentiment is out there."

Macke said Comcast is spending $100,000 to educate voters on the issue. see such education as actual promotion for the tax.

The anti-TSPLOST group Transportation Leadership Coalition is trying to challenge proponents on project costs, maintenance and alternatives when they make such public appearances.

Residents can use an interactive map on the Atlanta Regional Commission's website to learn about the projects in the 10-county region.

Frank Jones May 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
There are many problems with the T-Splost bill but chief among them is that most of the projects and expenditures will have little to no effect on transportation in the near term, much less, a 10-20 year horizon. Another problem is why is the legislature putting the bill out to vote in the first place? Why don't they simply say..."We need to raise taxes to fund road expansion."? Obviously, none of them have the you-know-whats to do what's required...Raise Taxes. Instead, they want us to implement a sales tax that impacts the poor and middle class disproportionately...that's called class warfare. In addition, they want metro-Atlanta to pay the full cost while we're already sending or sent tax dollars to south and southeast Georgia for their road projects. We've built their roads and now the Gold Dome expects us (and only us) to pay for road improvements in metro-Atlanta. The last time I checked, we're all Georgia residents and efficient roadways have benefits to all us no matter where we reside. Metro-Atlanta traffic impacts the delivery of goods & services to/from Macon, to/from Savannah, to/from Athens, to/from Columbus, and yet, only metro-Atlanta will pay...how nice. I agree...vote NO to T-Splost!
Dean Sheridan May 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Just Vote "NO". The idea that the current project list will benefit the tax payer the same way it's suppose to decrease traffic is misleading and wrong. I challenge anyone who disagrees with me to research ALL the proposed project lists. We need defined "punch lists" with specific dates of completion, coinciding with removal of the tax. That's what gets LOST with ALL SPLOST is the revenue base in their budgets. Look at the 400 toll.
Taxus Moore May 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Vote "NO" for the taxportation referendum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqi3uO8Amvs
Mark Sanders May 19, 2012 at 01:47 AM
This TSPLOST is a BS plan! It will fail miserably just like that stupid "HOV Lane to Hot Lane" conversion in Gwinnett. A dumb idea by a bunch of incompetent board members who don't know what the hell they are doing!! I am NOT wasting my tax dollars on this crap!!!!! The plan has more funding for roads than mass transit!! Are you kidding me?? Is this a true regional plan that will benefit us??? Say HELL NO to this crappy referendum!!
Frank Jones May 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Agreed...T-Splost is a BS plan. However, I suspect the voting public will blindly support it. After all, we're being EDUCATED by the state and the chamber of commerce to support it.

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