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Please post your qualifications as a supreme being to declare that society is better off with the loss of this man's life. Hell, let's just dispose of all those pesky lawyers and judges and just let the police execute anyone with a warrant and previous record.
There are more than a couple of quibbles I would have had with Mr. Beaudreau's expense reports at the time of their filing. And that is plain and simply the time this should have been handled. By auditing Mr. Beaudreau's questionable expenses early the county could have saved at most $1K-2K annually out of the $3K he averaged. This is of course, chump change on the scale of things and since the reports were accepted and paid, under the $5K limit, legal chump change at that. Danny Porter should be tending to the beam in his own eye. Perhaps find out who was buying the other commissioner's lunches? As a taxpayer I prefer paying $8 for a commissioner's lunch at Sweet Tomatoes over a developer or lobbyist buying him or her a more extravagant one, those lunches cost the taxpayers much more that $8.
With HOT lanes, everyone who buys gasoline "pays for it". Tolls collected are currently not even paying the administrative costs and are never expected to pay the construction costs.
Tax monies from all who purchase motor fuels will be used to subsidize an easier commute for the few. Unlike traditional toll roads or bridges HOT lane tolls do not pay for the construction of the lanes. Also by the state constitution the motor fuel tax monies are to be distributed evenly by congressional district and as a taxpayer I would prefer other projects in our district be addressed. Or... they could just save money and eliminate SRTA and just widen the road without the hoopla and extra expense.
I guess Sen. Thompson is forgetting a quote from him that we were in total agreement upon when he said: "It felt like these lanes were designed by the people out of a Dilbert cartoon." But why couldn't we get a quote from some of the Republicans? Everyone still in lock-step?
Actually, if you read this article you see that the I-85 lanes have "taken in over $5 million" in 16 months with expenditures of $7.8 million in 12 months. This translates to a $4 million per year loss. This means the payoff on the original lane conversion costs is not 20+ years, it is NEVER. They stated in the beginning that HOT lanes were to be revenue neutral and only paying their cost of administration. Unlike traditional toll roads they do not pay off their construction debt but get paid for out of the motor fuel tax monies from us all. What we are seeing in actual practice is that the longer they are run like this the more money, we, the taxpayers, lose.
Not even meeting operating expenses. So the proposal here is to use $95,000,000 of motor fuel tax money that comes from all to be used to subsidize a lane extension for the few.
Not even meeting operating expenses. So SRTA will not have a prayer of ever recovering the $80 million for signs and sensors used to convert the existing lanes. They will tell you that was federal money though. So it is like, you know, a gift. (Never mind the 18.4¢ per gallon federal gas tax).
Not even meeting operating expenses. Imagine what would happen to these lanes, if, like a traditional toll road or bridge the users would have to pay off the construction costs and maintenance within 30 or 40 years? What they are currently charging doesn't even make bank on keeping up with the bills. The required rates to make that happen would require us to call them the Bentley lanes rather than just Lexus Lanes.
Not even meeting operating expenses. Common sense. Don't throw good money after bad. I will be there to see if there really is a "no-build" option this time now that they have admitted that was not one in the last go round.
$1,750,000 for less than 10 acres adjacent to an interstate highway though without access to said highway? Gwinnett farm land must have appreciated.
NOT tax dollars. FEE dollars. Our BOC doesn't raise taxes.
Here comes the advent of the "personal seat license" to Atlanta.
I'm going to miss watching the Falcon home games on television.
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Garbage and sewer fees we would pose
Are tax increases with intent of deceit.
Their bouquet? Akin to what pols excrete.
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