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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.
BY: Michael Barone
Commuters are seen at the Metro Center station in this December 2011 file photo. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)
Believers in central planning should take a look at Washington’s Metro rail transit system. While they will find many things to like, they will also see examples of how central planners — and especially rail transit planners — can get things disastrously and expensively wrong.
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60 minute update on Agenda 21
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State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) and other lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that would postpone the Transportation Investment Act referendum for two years to address what Setzler calls “fatal flaws.”
Setzler, who chairs the Cobb Legislative Delegation, said he and state Reps. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna) and Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) have filed House Resolution 1350 and the enabling legislation, HB 938, which would:
* Eliminate the TIA referendum set for July 31;
TSPLOST Link go to read: The Marietta Daily Journal – Rep aims to postpone TSPLOST.
Much is being made of the T-SPLOST vote in 2012 and rightfully so. Region 1 – Northwest Georgia will most likely generate $118 million in total tax collections with 25% “Guaranteed” to be returned immediately to the counties within the region and 75% of the collections being sent directly to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to be used for projects on the “Constrained” list. In order to understand what is really going on, you need to look at the numbers by county.
Bartow, Whitfield, Catoosa, and Floyd are the big losers; Chattooga comes out the best. Bartow gets back 13.46%, Whitfield 15.83%, Catoosa 19.10%, and Floyd 19.22% of their total “Guaranteed” collections; Chattooga gets back 58.73%. The taxes collected in each county are re distributed to other counties and the GDOT. The vast majority of the 75% sent to the GDOT will be used on large infrastructure projects. Most of these roads and bridges are in the most developed counties. So, the vast majority of the total taxes collected will be spent in the most developed counties in your region. The poorest counties will have their taxes re distributed to the largest, most wealthy, and developed counties. This is morally wrong.
The 1% T-SPLOST tax hurts the poor, elderly, and infirm more than the special interests. A $.03 cent excise tax increase on diesel, gasoline, and aviation fuel would raise more money than the T-SPLOST and guarantee that the truckers would pay their fair share for road wear. The poor, elderly, and infirm don’t drive very much. Likewise, the dollars being spent on municipal airports will benefit a handful in your region.
All counties would be better off just voting a SPLOST 1% tax to build your own roads. T-SPLOST violates “Home Rule” of the Georgia Constitution and it will simply re distribute money from poor to rich counties. Vote NO T-SPLOST.–
The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty but to have a slave of his own. .” — Sir Richard Francis Burton
State of Georgia Tea Party, LLC
Much is being made of the Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST) vote on July 31, 2012 and rightfully so. The T-SPLOST was created by HB277 Transportation Investment Act 2010-2030 signed into law by Governor Sonny Purdue. HB277 will use the 12 Regions in Georgia. (See Figure 1) Forsyth County is in Region 2 – Georgia Mountains. Region 2 will most likely contribute ~$91 million per year for an anticipated $1.5 billion per year from regions across the state for roads, bridges, sidewalks, municipal airports, etc. In order to understand what is really going on you need to look closely how the dollars are distributed.