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Letter to the Editor: Forsyth County Resident Speaks Out on TSPLOST

A Forsyth County resident writes, "Stop Voting to Tax Yourself!"


Certainly there are some taxes that we have no control over…things like property taxes, income taxes and many others, but what WE DO have control over is a SPLOST TAX. SPLOST stands for Special Purpose Local Option Sales TAX.

The name of the SPLOST on this year’s ballot is T-SPLOST and the “T” stands for TRANSPORTATION. The media and government will have you believe that by voting for this 1% (PERCENT) additional sales tax, you will see some benefit. I challenge anyone to show me how voting for this TAX will improve my life in any way.

Below is misleading information taken directly from: www.connectgeorgia2012.com

“A $1 billion package of transportation projects for Northwest Georgia was finalized Thursday by representatives of the 15-county region.”

”Construction would be funded through a 10-year, 1-cent sales tax (Wrong) if a majority of the total voters approve the levy in a scheduled July 2012 referendum.”

”Major T-SPLOST projects include the $124 million widening of Ga. 140 between Armuchee and Interstate 75; the $35 million South Calhoun Bypass off Ga. 53; and the $150 million widening of Ga. 101 between Rome and Rock­mart”

Watch the language; its NOT 1 cent- it is 1 PERCENT- BIG difference. I am blown away by the blatant way our government presents something to get what they want passed.

Why a statewide T-SPLOST since the voters just passed a SPLOST for Forsyth County last fall that includes transportation projects? Look at the businesses that comprise “Georgia Transportation Alliance” and decide for yourself who will benefit from T-SPLOST passing.

Right now, we have a 7% sales tax. Figure a ballpark of what 1 PERCENT (NOT 1 penny as they want you to believe) would be in a year.

This year, JULY 31st, you and I will be faced with a decision to vote to tax ourselves. If T-SPLOST passes, then 1% will be added to the current 7% putting those of us in Forsyth County at 8% sales tax!!!!

I will VOTE NO. If you agree, I urge you to join me in getting this message out to everyone you know. We cannot afford for our hard earned money to be handed over to the government more than it already is…when will it end? Please do not vote to tax yourself. BE SMART and INFORMED. Demand government CUT SPENDING to find a way to fund projects.

Vote NO on T- SPLOST July 31, 2012

Editor's Note: This 'Letter to the Editor' was submitted by Leslie Greenfield of Forsyth County.

Marc March 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Very well said! And good catch on the 1%!
Random May 03, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Way to forget to mention any of the projects that are actually in the GA MOUNTAIN REGION (the T-Splost region Forsyth County is located in). One of the biggest impacts of the T-SPLOST in July is the WIDENING OF GA-400 FROM EXIT 12 to EXIT 14! Don't take my word for it, educate yourselves. If you don't know the difference between the GA Mountain Region, the Northwest Region, and the Atlanta Regional Commission, you aren't educated enough to vote. See the list of projects for our region at: http://connectgeorgia2012.com/downloads/2_ga_mountains-invlist.pdf
SOGTP May 22, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Random - you missed some important information. First that widening project is underfunded. Forsyth County needs to find $33M to complete the project. Likewise, we will not have collected enough money to start it in Phase 3, so most likely it will be dropped.
SOGTP May 22, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Neil Stapley - there is no project that will reduce traffic on GA 400 in Fulton County. The only projects in Fulton are lights and interchanges at Holcomb Bridge and I 285. Also, there is no project or plan to extend MARTA up here. Projects can't be added, they can only be dropped.
Neil Stapley May 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Bill I know there are no plans to extend it to 14 but you are wrong regards to the plans to reduce traffic on GA 400. TIA-AR-037 (all be it half assed and underfunded) The build out project extends the MARTA North (Red) Line from its existing terminus, located at North Springs station in the city of Sandy Springs, to a new terminus station at SR 140 (Holcomb Bridge Road) in Roswell. The project runs parallel to the existing SR 400 expressway, including a new station at Northridge Road. Addressing heavy travel demand in the SR 400 corridor,
Neil Stapley May 23, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I agree that most of the projects listed will not make a blind bit of difference to the traffic issues we have and the money generated is nowhere near the kind of funding that is needed to make a dent in it. So what do we do? Do vote no and continue to vote no just because its a tax and we all know how anti-tax we are becoming or do we sit down and formulate a plan to a solve the problems then formulate a plan how this solution will be funded. The key to this is funding its needs doing and it has to be paid for so its not saddled with debt.
SOGTP May 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Neil - rail is the most stupid thing. People want to drive their cars. A very small percentage of people use the existing MARTA. I think the number is 2% and they are those without a drivers license. Region 3 will vote down TSPLOST precisely because of the half wit rail money being spent.
Neil Stapley May 24, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Bill not sure I am reading your reply correctly are you saying that the people who use marta do not have licenses or 2% of region 3 use marta and they dont have licenses?
Miles Rich June 09, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The comments about 1% versus 1 penny are nothing but semantics and hysteria, but these birther right wing conspiracy types have gone into to high gear over it. Extending MARTA to Holcomb Bridge will save commuters to downtown a few minutes, but mass transit will never have anything but limited use for two big reasons. First of all, who lives in walking distance of Holcomb Bridge and 400? Few people. Therefore, one has to use some sort of motorized transportation to get to Holcomb Bridge. Right now, there is a transit lot at Mansell, Exit 8. Are riders going to drive to Exit 8 to wait for a bus, to travel one exit? Not likely, they will drive to exit 7 instead, Holcomb Bridge. And then what is going to improve the existing absolutely horrible traffic congestion on Holcomb Bridge in both directions. I live 4.5 miles east of Exit seven near Jones Bridge and Old Alabama. During rush hour, its often a 30 to 45 minute trip, to travel what takes ten minutes when there is no traffic, and that is just to get to Holcomb Bridge and 400. (I don't use 400, my office is one mile west of 400 off Holcomb Bridge, but the traffic heading east bound to exit seven is usually even worst). Like every other so-called traffic solution concocted in this county and state, this project does little or nothing to address the real traffic problems, which are the lack of arterial streets all over the north side of Atlanta, that has grown along former horse paths that are now two lane roads.

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