5/29: Pass or fail T-SPLOST?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

We’re nine weeks away from the historic July 31 vote, when residents in 10 metro Atlanta counties will cast ballots on a 1-cent sales tax to fund $7 billion in transportation improvements.

Our first writer, a respected Washington scholar, calls it our “21st century Olympic moment”: If we don’t pass it, we will lose our economic mojo for a long time. I also talk with a local tax watchdog, who says there are better ways to tackle our most congested areas, rather than funding empty buses and light rail.

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SAWB

May 29th, 2012
7:13 pm

MiddleGround said, “And my Ga Congressional Reps. want to pass consumption taxes like TN and FL, so we will be looking at 10% sales tax in the future? The Federal government is already considering a consumption tax.”

Yes, I heard some of the Metro Atlanta County Commissions are considering an increase in the sales tax to stem off increases in property tax. And away we go…

middleground

May 29th, 2012
4:48 pm

Just move all government workers out of Atlanta and the traffic problem improves. Take the 6 billion and spend it on education at all levels.
Common sense ceases to work when there is no opportunity for graft by those in charge. If TSPLOST passes, the social mood will get worse.
And my Ga Congressional Reps. want to pass consumption taxes like TN and FL, so we will be looking at 10% sales tax in the future? The Federal government is already considering a consumption tax. That is really going to hurt workers who have had little raises.

Road Scholar

May 29th, 2012
2:38 pm

jms:” “To quote the Rolling Stones:” You don’t always get what “YOU” want!” We are in this together…”

I don’t remember that version of the lyrics.”

You must have slept through English class too since the quote marks ended the quote!

Clemsondude: “How do we know if the extra tax will go away in 10 years….They lied about the Ga 400 toll and they will lied about this too…mark it down.”

Because it is in the law. SR400 toll is not, was not, and will not be in the law. Stop the whining. The “new toll” (old one was discontinued for a week) is being used for the I85/SR400 interchange addition to the north and other improvements to SR 400. Now get back to work driving your tractor!

Laurie:”I have no trust in our current government or GDOT officals,…”

So, when did you trust them and why aren’t all the like whiners running for office or the GDOT Board?

SAWB: So let’s cancel all their projects in the burbs to do what the region needs?

SAWB

May 29th, 2012
2:00 pm

“Sorry — but traffic is not bad in my in-town area. We live near shopping and restuarants and can walk to MARTA that takes me to work. If surbanites want funding for more roads in their area, they can raise their taxes to pay for them — or move.”

Actually some excellent points, but keep in mind lots of folks live in the burbs, work in the burbs and play in the burbs. They see this project as one that will provide little if any real help to them.
The answer here is to vote this thing down and let each county create a list for their residents. Then all the money can be collected and spent in each county for projects that have a real impact on the citizens paying the bills.

Laurie

May 29th, 2012
1:41 pm

I have no trust in our current government or GDOT officals, I’m voting no.