Now that Columbia County has its first transportation sales tax public meeting out of the way, and another is coming, it would be useful in the interim to straighten some things out.
No, not the details of what the proposed additional tax will or won’t do. Information in that regard abounds for all who want to seek it.
What needs to be fixed, judging from reader comments after Wednesday’s hearing, are basics of the July 31 vote.
The T-SPLOST vote is a statewide referendum. One person commenting promised to vote against anyone passing it. That’s hardly possible, since voters will be the ones determining its passage. Another lambasted Columbia County leaders for putting the tax on the ballot. Again: It is a statewide referendum, and was placed on the ballot of every county by the Georgia Legislature.
Such willful misinformation dampens the hope that many voters actually will cast an informed ballot. But it also illustrates the need for continued information, from both sides, to bring the public up to speed.
We just hope the public wants to be informed before they vote.