Columbia County chamber, leaders to spread transportation tax info at meeting

Monday, July 23, 2012 6:04 PM
Last updated 7:42 PM
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Columbia County residents are invited to learn more about the proposed transportation sales tax referendum Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Evans.

The meeting is the second of two Transportation Investment Act meetings put on by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and county leaders.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia County Government Center auditorium on Ronald Reagan Drive.

The referendum, if passed, will provide $621 million during 10 years for the entire region and fund eight Columbia County transportation projects prioritized by leaders last summer, officials said. Those include the extension of River Watch Parkway to Washington Road, widening Lewiston Road and Horizon South Parkway, and improving Robinson Avenue in Grovetown.

The proposed referendum is on the July 31 ballot.

At the first town hall meeting about the tax held last month, chamber President Tammy Shepherd and county Commission Chairman Ron Cross gave presentations, in which they referred to the referendum as a “fair tax program.”

Shepherd also said the proposed projects would improve regional traffic patterns, create thousands of jobs throughout Georgia and attract businesses to the area.

In 10 years, officials expect that $840 million will be collected in the Augusta region. Because that is 25 percent more than the total of the project list, the remaining money will be divvied up between the counties in the region as discretionary funds that leaders can use for additional transportation projects.

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csrareader
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csrareader 07/23/12 - 07:46 pm
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Propaganda.

Sure, let's give the Government more money. I don't think so.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 07/23/12 - 08:00 pm
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Columbia County chamber, leaders to spread

... yeah, and I bet what they're spreading, they're spreading thick. What they're putting out there, I wouldn't want to step in, though it's good for roses.

"Discretionary fund" = "Slush Fund"

"Proposed Project" = "Bait & Switch"

"TSPLOST" = "Taxing Suckers- Politicians Laughing Over Shameless Theft"

csrareader
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csrareader 07/23/12 - 08:10 pm
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Ron Cross

Sure Ron, more money to spend. Not a chance.

allmostgone
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allmostgone 07/23/12 - 09:21 pm
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Funny they already passed it
Unpublished

Funny they already passed it they just giving the Public the opportunity to let people know they just got screwed

wildman
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wildman 07/24/12 - 04:54 am
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NO!

Vote NO!! It may be fair because everybody pays but I'm tired of the government taking my hard earned money and spending it on BS. Yes we need road improvements, manage the money that you already take from us. NO, NO, NO!!!

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 07/24/12 - 07:06 am
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NO!!! No more tax! Not one MORE penny on ANY dollar!

I honestly believe that our governments, no matter which we speak of, have completely lost their minds and are out of touch with the ordinary people. While the ordinary people in Columbia County were losing their jobs, their businesses and their homes (just check at the number of forclosures in Evans, for example) our high in the ivory tower county government was voting themselves 3% pay raises every year while teachers were forced to take furlough days. The entire county system lost my respect when they were not in keeping with the economy. I went 3 years without a raise because the money wasn't there...I know many people who work for big companies who went 2 or 3 years without a raise because the economy was so bad. Do you think Columbia County considered cutting back or just holding their salaries steady? NOT! Do the math, the AC has those salaries in a database. Go ahead and look over the past few years and choose 1 director and compare their salary from year to year and tell me I'm wrong. They still don't get it!!! Our economy is trying to recover. Usually, when one is experiencing a financial hardship they STOP SPENDING and SPEND MORE WISELY! People, we don't have a problem because we don't pay enough taxes, we have a problem because the taxes we DO pay is squandered!! NO NEW TAXES!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/24/12 - 07:40 am
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Who would believe "Double",,,

if at tonight's meeting he announced that it were Tuesday?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 07/24/12 - 09:34 am
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No, it is.

No, it is.

resident
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resident 07/24/12 - 09:40 am
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Bet it is one sided

Public hearings are supposed to allow the public to speak as well. I would bet if you are not for it that ever so conveniently the time will run out and anyone against it with valid arguements will not get a chance to speak. This is the typical railroading that takes place then minds are made up to look for that FREE MONEY!!! that is not free at all. It is a ridiculous tax on items not related to rads and discretionary means my pet projects and not what really needs to be done. I am so sick of hearing it is part of the future or vision or build it atttract business...stop slinging BS. Just look at all of these stupid projects that have lead to nothing!!!!

David Parker
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David Parker 07/24/12 - 10:07 am
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The governement didn't have

The governement didn't have to "create" a job for me by imposing a TSPLOST. Roads aren't going to bring in more business/jobs b/c of SPLOST, they already are (see Starbucks).

VOTE Hella No!

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