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Two referendum forums set

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett residents will have two opportunities this week to learn about the upcoming Transportation Investment Act referendum.

During the July 31 primary election, voters will decide on the proposed 1-percent regional sales tax, which is expected to bring $8.5 billion to the Atlanta area for road and transit projects in 10 years.

A Peachtree Corners forum on the tax will be held Monday, where Atlanta Regional Commission Transportation Director Jayne Hayes will discuss the projects selected for the tax and answer questions.

The free program, set for 7:30 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 5755 Peachtree Parkway, will also include District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard and Gwinnett Transportation Direcot Kim Conroy.

On Thursday, an information forum is set for Gwinnett's county seat.

Officials said the session will inform attendees of the specifics of the referendum and allow for "neutrally based questions that serve to educate on the issues."

The session is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Lawrenceville City Hall on S. Clayton Street.

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R 2 years, 6 months ago

and allow for "neutrally based questions that serve to educate on the issues."

Interesting What / Who determines what's "neutral"?

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JohnGalt 2 years, 6 months ago

"Atlanta Regional District T-SPLOST (Vote for One) Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight. Shall Gwinnett County's transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 percent special district transportation sales and use tax for the purpose of transportation projects and programs for a period of ten years?"

As worded on the Ballot. The problem is, not much of the general population bothers to look past all of the rhetoric that makes up the ballot question in much the same way people voted for other really bad legislation in the state of Georgia.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 6 months ago

How dare you calmly present factual information! The two basic choices are to let the legislature raise gasoline taxes and spend it as they choose for as long as they like, or to pass this measure which requires a periodic re-vote and distribute monies collected proportionally based upon where they came from. The benefit of the former is that down the road we can gripe about not being represented, darn that Obama, etc. Betcha it'll go that way.

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BuzzG 2 years, 6 months ago

The wording on the ballot ought to be illegal. It attempts to stack the deck in favor of a "yes" vote. The politicians are convinced they are smart enough to pick our pockets yet one more time. It is never enough.

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teelee 2 years, 6 months ago

They are already collecting enough taxes from us. They can do with less just like we are having too. I would love to know how much the state and federal government collect in a single day from fuel tax on gasoline.

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Award88 2 years, 6 months ago

I can tell you it is more than the gas companies make based on the current profit margins and tax rates per gallon of gas.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 6 months ago

Teepee - coming from you this is quite interesting, given that you were thoroughly in favor of letting the Propeller Fellers at Briscoe hold our checkbooks for us.

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Mack711 2 years, 6 months ago

Please note that we are in the Atlanta region. Also note that MARTA is in financally trouble and that a lot of the proposed projects are for heavy and light rail. Citizens are not ready to get on either at this time. How much of our Gwinnett tax money will go into the City of Atlanta for their projects versus projects for Gwinnett? Is this a neutral based question? Bet you would not get an answer. VOTE NO!!!!

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Linda 2 years, 6 months ago

I will vote NO! Everytime I see a Gwinnett county bus it has so few passengers I don't understand why it exists. With so few routes I cannot use it to ride to work.

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Mack711 2 years, 6 months ago

Was recently in downton Atlanta and saw More Gwinnett Transit buses there than in Gwinnett. Go figure!

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kevin 2 years, 6 months ago

http://www.it3.ga.gov/Pages/Legislation.aspx

10 reason for voting NO 1) The estimated revenues $8.5 billion (10 -yrs) 2) Project estimates $16 billion (seems to be a shortfall) 3) Which projects will be eliminated if not enough funding? 4) If not enough funding, politicians will start promoting an extension of this tax for 10 more yrs) 5) Politicians will blame the voters if these projects do not solve the congestion problems, since they had no vote in this matter. They passed the buck to us. 6) 25% of the collected money is discretionary. meaning it can be spent on things other than on improving/adding roads. 7) The TIA law is nothing more than another "stimulas" package that won't work. Nothing is shovel-ready on this list. 8) Will hurt the poor, seniors, and unemployed people. 9) Will benefit developers, whose projects include buildings exempt from property taxes. 10)How are we going to pay to maintain the additional roads and rails?

Transportation projects should be paid for like toll roads; by the people that use them. You do this by increasing the gasoline tax, not a general sales tax. The Transportation Investment Act (TIA)law also does not assure the voters that the collected funds cannot be diverted to something else, like they already do with our gasoline tax. By the way, some say our gas tax is low. Maybe it is too low. However, you also have to add to the gas tax the sales tax, which brings the total to 11th place in the nation for Georgia's gas taxes. Politicians always have a way to slant the truth when it suits them. You will find very little money going for rails and buses. This is where most should be going to. How about including a monorail from north to south?

Follow the link above and do your research. Do not due what our Congress does, vote for the bill and then read it and weep.

It would be cheaper if each county funded helicopters to downtown Atlanta, than chopping down more trees. This whole Act is mainly about saving downtown Atlanta. Who wants to go there and have their car towed, ticketed, or broken into?

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kevin 2 years, 6 months ago

All my friends and most of my subdivision is against it. Just look at how the DOT trashes neighborhoods when they build roads, and without including the concerns of the people in that area. This is all about developers and downtown Atlanta. If you want illegals to take these construction jobs, vote yes.

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