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Grassroots Coalition Formed to Oppose TIA / T-SPLOST
Launches TrafficTruth.net website to inform voters about TIA / T-SPLOST vote on July ballot.
May 1, 2012, Roswell, GA – Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, announces the launch of their grassroots campaign to inform voters of the truth about the proposed regional transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST).
On March 31, 2012, approximately 75 grassroots activists representing several organizations, along with elected officials who opposed the 1% sales tax, gathered at Adventure Outdoors in Marietta, Georgia, to educate themselves on the proposed 1% sales tax statewide referendum.
“We put out the invitation to various grassroots organizers to meet under one roof and learn more about this tax. We were very pleased with the response from across the state as far south as Valdosta,” said Jack Staver, chairman of Transportation Leadership Coalition.
The result of this meeting was a coordinated effort to oppose the sales tax that is touted to alleviate traffic congestion in the metro Atlanta area. From this meeting and subsequent meetings and conversations, the Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC (“TLC”) was formed.
The focus of TLC is to educate the public on the claims of MAVEN (Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network), a pro-sales tax advocacy group, and Untie Atlanta (Citizens for Transportation Mobility), David Stockert, chairman, who is also CEO of Post Properties. The primary education vehicle for TLC will be its website, TrafficTruth.net, as well as email and social media.
Some of the key points of TLC are:
Proposed rail projects will not relieve traffic congestion.
T-SPLOST is not a “temporary tax;” Ultra-expensive projects will require billions more to complete than the allocated tax amount.
There is a ‘Plan B’.
“MAVEN is well funded to the tune of $2,000,000, some of which is through the unconstitutional use of taxpayer money from CID’s. We are truly a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization that is self-funded through donations,” said Staver. “We dispel the myths about traffic solutions claimed by ARC through our fact sheet, which can be downloaded from our website, TrafficTruth.net. The 2-page document provides voters with real facts and real numbers that rebut every falsehood from ARC, MAVEN, and Untie Atlanta.”
Other organizations are also opposed to the tax plan including the NAACP, Sierra Club, 9-12 projects, Georgia Campaign for Liberty, and Tea Parties. While these groups all oppose the tax for different reasons, the T-SPLOST is proving to TLC that there are clear issues with the plan and the tax across the board.
“One big question is why is it legal for an organization like ARC to use taxpayer dollars to tell lies and falsehoods to the voters? If the T-SPLOST was such a great idea, why do they need $2 million plus an additional $6 million from Untie Atlanta for an advertising campaign to spin it and sell it to the people of Georgia? One would think they could deliver a winning message without resorting to lying to the voters. And finally, why would the people of Georgia want to give up local control, also known as ‘home rule’?”
TLC is encouraging public debate on the topic to include both sides of the issue.
About Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC
Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, is an all-volunteer organization that has come together in the belief that the State of Georgia can do a much better job of transportation planning than passing the largest tax hike in Georgia history and spending the money on politically-favored rail projects, trapping us into a tax situation that will continue forever. We believe that if Georgians understand the facts about the project list and the proposed management of the funds and projects, they will overwhelmingly reject it.