In the July 8 News-Times editorial, “No to T-SPLOST, yes to Sunday sales,” it is correctly pointed out that raising the sales tax from 7 percent to 8 percent is an increase of 14 percent. If that were the true cost to the consumer, it would scare anyone from voting for T-SPLOST.
However, I believe it should also have shown the affect that T-SPLOST will have on the consumer’s dollar. A dollar spent would cost the consumer $1.08 rather than $1.07.
That is a 1 percent increase on purchases made by the consumer. Ten dollars spent at Walmart would cost an extra 10 cents. Most of us would not find that burdensome.
I agree that raising the gas tax would be a better way to fund transportation, but I question when, or if, our politicians would have the courage to make that change.
Irvin E. Ingraham