TSPLOST isn't temporary

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Just say “no!” to the July 31 transportation special-purpose local option sales tax proposal.

Have you ever, ever seen a sales tax surcharge imposed in either Richmond or Columbia counties be eliminated at the end of its term? Anyone? Anyone? Of course not. And the “temporary” 10-year, 1 percent TSPLOST will not be dropped either. This is a straight-up money grab by local politicians. Giving more than $800 million to local political hacks won’t turn out well.

Supporters are trotting out the tried-and-true “but it will be paid for by everybody else passing through” argument that is always used as a positive. This assumes we think its OK to “steal” money from everyone else to fund our local “addictions.” The last time you traveled, rented a car or a hotel room, you were victimized by local government taxes, too. How did that make you feel? Yeah, me too. Maybe if the counties did not waste resources on speed bumps in communities that don’t want them, they would have money to fix the roads.

Vote “no” on the TSPLOST sales tax increase July 31. No matter how nicely they say “please,” the looters still are holding guns to your head, and the temporary sales tax increase will never go away.

Paul Mallon

Evans

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HighSociety
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HighSociety 05/18/12 - 04:50 am
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If you know of a community

If you know of a community that doesn't won't their speed bumps, let me know because my neighborhood will gladly take them.But then again, if you let the roads get bad enough you don't need speed bumps.

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 05/18/12 - 07:03 am
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Speed bumps ..... I hate

Speed bumps ..... I hate speed bumps. And I hate sales tax increases. Because the additional 1% equals another 1% of my take home pay. The state gets 4% and the local tax is 1% and the SPLOST is 1% and the education tax is 1%, now they want another 1%. When almost 10% of the people can't find a job, how does raising the spending tax make sense? The DOT already gets 7.5¢ per gallon plus the FED tax of 18.4¢ for roads. When do they get the message that enough is enough? Stop the spending.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/18/12 - 07:24 am
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And the long time majority

And the long time majority party of Columbia County is...............?

Well, let's just say it ain't them pesky "tax and spend" Democrats

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 05/18/12 - 08:06 am
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I agree! Let's not get

I agree! Let's not get fooled again.

Georgia counties should be required to post signs at the county lines stating what extra taxes they have, like SPLOST, to give visitors passing through a choice. For example, Fulton County recently passed a similar tax to pay for upgrades to their water system that everyone else will be paying the majority for, not the county residents. And I'll bet that no visitor to Fulton will even know about it. That's the way con-artists operate.

I think of SPLOST as trickery and deceipt. One small step from being downright criminal. It all goes into the general county fund with no accountablility. I'm still running over the same pothole every day that SPLOST was supposed to fix 5 years ago.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/18/12 - 08:11 am
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Agree

Thank you, Mr. Mallon and Mr. Ross. Imposing a new tax on our purchases to fund regional politicians’ wish lists for spending will sap the life out of many consumers. One of the big ticket items slated for the wish list in our east Georgia region is funding to subsidize the Augusta bus system. How does that make you folks in Martinez, Evans, Thomson, Waynesboro, Washington, Wrens, Louisville feel?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/18/12 - 08:32 am
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1% of the purchase price on a

1% of the purchase price on a new car @ $25,000.00 is $250.00.
I wonder how the owners of those two major car dealers who now become collection agents for the county feel about this?

socks99
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socks99 05/18/12 - 04:36 pm
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I believe the public is

I believe the public is becoming aware of the "gimmick" aspect of sales tax "votes."

Granted, they always say this borrowing against future tax revenues benefits us because our property taxes, then, will not go to fund building projects.

The reality, however, is one where, as the writer suggests, elected officials discover many MORE hundreds of millions of taxpayer money they get to spend if the referendum passes! It's a scam, a hustle; and honest lawmakers will admit it.

Traditionally, law makers have, themselves, voted "yay" or "nay" when it comes to tax increases on citizens. Then voters had more respect for them, though they might vote them from office if they "made a mistake." We need leaders who can stand the heat of the kitchen; not leaders who hide behind the gimmick of sales tax referendums and turn around and blame the voters if anything goes wrong!

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 05/18/12 - 05:26 pm
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RE: RA at 7:28....you're

RE: RA at 7:28....you're right. It "ain't them pesky tax-and-spend" Democrats. Thank goodness for that. If it were up to them you'd be lucky to take home ANY of your own money... Or as Bill Clinton famously once said, "How can we be sure you'd spend it right"...

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