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All encouraged to oppose TSPLOST

Posted: July 28, 2012 - 11:07pm


Those supporting (the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST) are saying the tax is needed for growth and to ease traffic concerns, while others are saying that the projects lack public input.

I definitely agree with the last one. I submitted a letter to the editor back in March. Although The News Times printed a later editorial opposing the TSPLOST, few other articles have appeared.

I strongly oppose this tax because the only people gaining from it are the developers. They couldn’t care less for the people suffering under the burdens of all this traffic. The funding for Flowing Wells Road will never happen. It is so far down the list that nothing will be left when it comes due. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for the order of the selections. They have moved funds many times to many new areas when the Flowing Wells Road project was approved and funded by the state DOT many years ago.

I encourage all residents, especially those in District 2, to oppose this unfair tax.

Gary L. Vahrenwald


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Let's see, vote yourself a 1% sales tax and then come the first of the year, the Federal FICA goes back up 2% to what it was, then OBAMA care also increases FICA another 1%. Then if the Bush tax rates get repealed, that will add up to an additional 4.8% to everyones annual tax rates. Additionally, taxes on dividends/interest/capital gains will go up from 15% to 20% and as part of OBAMA Care those tax rates go up an additional 3.8%. So lets see, do you really want to shoot yourself in the foot and pay more taxes knowing that at the end of the year Federal taxes might go up. We already pay taxes to GA and there is the gas tax, both of which a portion are suppose to go for road improvements. Vote "NO" to more taxes and let our representatives in Atlanta to priortize spending and make the necessary cuts if more money is needed for road improvements.