As of Saturday, July 28, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
First, it was a transportation expansion bill, then a congestion fix, now it's a jobs bill. It is none of those. It is largely local economic development projects which local governments should fund with their own monies. Look at the project list. I found only two projects that will affect me and only a handful of times per year. If you check, you will find that most of your taxes will not go to improve your commute either.
If approved, when it ends in 10 years, it will leave behind programs which cannot survive without additional funding, which means you will be taxed again to fund these "critical" projects that T-SPLOST created. Think Ga. 400 and I-85 HOT lane tolls. You will soon see politicians moving to change the project list. They were never sincere about this, they just saw it for what it is: a convenient vehicle to take in more taxes for their desired use.
No on the regional T-SPLOST. Keep our tax money out of the hands of an unaccountable "regional authority." Let's keep these "special" tax bills exclusively in-county. Let's keep them local and accountable to we the taxpayers.
-- Arthur Dent