Transportation panel pares tax project list

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With relative ease, the Central Savannah River Area Regional Transportation Roundtable's executive committee shaved a project list to within $10 million of its goal Tuesday.

The body, charged with narrowing a huge list of projects down to a list affordable through a 10-year sales tax for transportation, seemed to hit a snag last week when member counties presented revised lists that exceeded projected revenues by nearly $180 million.

Under 2010's Transportation Investment Act, the committee has until Aug. 15 to complete a list for approval by the full roundtable. The list, if approved, will go before voters next year to fund through a new 1 percent sales tax.

Bby eliminating a handful of projects, including a Grovetown bypass and several costly bridge projects, and trimming costs from others, such as a Flowing Wells Road expansion, the committee brought the project total to within $10 million of the $630 million expected to be available over the tax's 10-year life span.

The reductions bring Columbia County's project total to $176 million, just over 27 percent of available funds, and Richmond County's total to $318 million, about 46 percent.

Speaking through a committee member's cellphone speaker, Georgia Department of Transportation Planning Director Todd Long remarked that the CSRA district had the most counties that will receive more through the new sales tax's distribution formula than they could generate through sales.

Even the smallest of the district's 13 counties have at least one named project remaining on the list. All counties will receive a portion of unrestricted sales tax collections they can use for transportation projects of their choosing, if the tax passes.

The group set its next meeting for Aug. 4 at the Thomson-McDuffie County governmental building in Thomson.

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TK3
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TK3 07/19/11 - 10:01 pm
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A penny for your thoughts

A penny for your thoughts equals another tax of many millions for many years to pay for certain voters pet projects and other special interest deals that will fatten wallets of some contractors and Real Estate and business owners in the know. The blood letting pain is eased by draining the blood slowly, drop by drop or in this case, penny by penny.

"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." — Plutarch

"The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else."~ Frederic Bastiat

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/19/11 - 11:53 pm
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What about sidewalks, bike

What about sidewalks, bike paths and bus transportation? The era of cheap oil is long gone to be soon-replaced by one of energy austerity.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 07/20/11 - 06:05 am
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Does anyone in our local

Does anyone in our local governments consider that because we border South Carolina, that the merchants expected to collect the taxes are challenged because of the difference in the size of those state and local sales taxes? There should be an all out campaign to make sure that people living in Georgia spend their money in Georgia. Every dollar spent in South Carolina takes 3¢ out of the SPLOST, Local Option, and Education Tax funds. Those are bills the voters are sold every five years. Raise this new transportation tax.....its only a penny right? No....on a gallon of gas alone it is another 3.5 cents. These taxes push people to spend their money across the river. I will vote NO.

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Chillen 07/20/11 - 08:25 am
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I find it perplexing that our

I find it perplexing that our govt has 3 main responsibilities. Defense of our nation (federal), infrastructure development (federal & state) and maintaining law & order (federal & state). Yet here they are, cutting infrastructure development.

We have too many programs going on elsewhere - welfare, food stamps, 100 weeks of unemployment "benefits", free housing, the arts, education, turtle studies, free utilities & cell phones for the "poor", environmental expenses, etc, etc and the government can't even do what they are SUPPOSED to be doing.

Priorities.....Priorites....

If the government did what it was supposed to do then taxes would be extremely low - probably 5% for state & federal combined. And, Americans would be more self-reliant and free.

But, the special interest groups & the govt-gimme crowd is too busy demanding more of my money for themselves.

End result. Our infrastructure development & maintenance is pathetic.

P.S. It's a good thing that in Ron Cross' district they have a 4 lane non-busy road with lush landscaping down the middle (Fury's Ferry) and miles of walking/biking trails on Evans to Locks Rd. Don't worry about the traffic on 2 lane Washington Road. The peons out there can just sit & wait in traffic or get slammed into from behind while some Knob Hill resident turns left onto a newly paved side road to get to their neighborhood because the county couldn't spend $5000 to put in a turn lane for them. Plus the county is too busy building new multi-million dollar parks (in Ron Cross' district. hmmmmm. I see a pattern here)

TK3
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TK3 07/20/11 - 12:11 pm
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Dear Chillen best take a look

Dear Chillen best take a look at some of the wish list items reported as infrastructure development.

"When Barbary Pirates demand a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'tribute money.' When the Mafia demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'the protection racket.' When the state demands a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called ‘sales tax’."
- eff Daiell

"Who is John Galt?"

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/20/11 - 10:09 pm
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I hope everyone who reads

I hope everyone who reads this article votes NO on the TSPLOST referendum to be held in November, 2012.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/20/11 - 10:13 pm
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DuhJudge wrote: There should

DuhJudge wrote:

There should be an all out campaign to make sure that people living in Georgia spend their money in Georgia.

Not me. I live in Georgia and I buy as much as I can by mail order so that I can avoid Georgia sales taxes and local sales taxes. I'd rather give the money to UPS and FedEx than to the government.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 07/21/11 - 06:09 am
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Do you ride on Georgia roads?

Do you ride on Georgia roads? Do you send your kids to public school? Do you vote to keep SPLOST every five years?

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