TSPLOST is an investment

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The transportation special-purpose local option sales tax vote is a critical opportunity for the CSRA.

Quality transportation is important not just for our daily lives, but for our economic future as well. What would our city, state or even country look like if previous generations had not prepared for the future by building transportation infrastructure?

The TSPLOST is our chance to invest in our community for the future and for today. Without this new funding source, where will the funding come from for the important road projects in our area? With less state and federal money available, projects will be pushed back and, in some cases, maybe forever.

The funds created by the TSPLOST are spent right here – no funds redirected to Atlanta or Washington for projects elsewhere. We will get the direct benefit for our tax dollars.

We need to invest in our community to create economic activity and a better way of life for everyone. The TSPLOST lets us make that investment knowing what we are getting, and how long we are paying for it. This is the kind of investment we should be making.

Bob O’Neal

Augusta

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/28/12 - 06:19 am
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Why did this suddenly become

Why did this suddenly become the only way to fund roads? They're trying to tax us to death a penny at a time.

nevertoolate
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nevertoolate 07/28/12 - 06:44 am
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The funding is there...

...taxpayers are just tired of endlessly pouring more and more slop into the hog trough. It's time for our governments at every level to tighten their belts and cut out the fat. We the People are taxed to the breaking point and we CAN'T afford anymore! Inflation is outrageous, we have a whole slew of Obamatax getting ready to hit our pockets and the economy is still on it's knees. I went to Walmart and bought meat for a week, a few fresh veggies, some freezer bags, dog food, bread, a frozen lasagna and spent $299.94! NO STEAK! You people just don't have a clue, do you?

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/28/12 - 06:56 am
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Investment vs. Tax

Liberals love to call it investment. Conservatives call it what it is...A Tax..

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 07/28/12 - 11:50 am
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Jane18
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Jane18 07/28/12 - 07:18 am
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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/28/12 - 07:49 am
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Broken Window Fallacy

Bob O'Neal wrote:

We need to invest in our community to create economic activity and a better way of life for everyone.

Government's taking money from one person and transferring it to another does not create economic activity. It merely shifts economic activity from what the person really wished for to what the politicians and bureaucrats want, with a hefty cut going into their pockets along the way.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/28/12 - 07:53 am
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I wonder which construction

I wonder which construction company Mr. O'Neal works for.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/28/12 - 08:42 am
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I'm invested out and no visible ROI from south of Spirit Creek.

"Quality transportation is important not just for our daily lives, but for our economic future as well."

True Bob. That's why we gave them the GASOLINE TAX. A gasoline TAX that just went up I might add. It went up when gas went up but I didn't see it come down when gas went down.

TSPLOST should be called the TWICE SPLOST since they mismanaged and misallocated the TAX we gave them ONCE and now they want us PAY for out roads TWICE.

"The TSPLOST is our chance to invest in our community for the future and for today."

That's what they tell us everytime they want to TAX us some more. Well I've "invested" about all I can. They told us that when they SPLOST us for schools, even though we already pay a high "school tax" and have one of the worst school systems in the nation. They told us that when we gave Paul and the boys $7 million to build the hotel, and when they SPLOST us to build Paul and the boys the TEE and the parking deck when ALL of that should have been doen with private money.

An 8% SALES TAX, in addition to a 6% STATE INCOME TAX, an already high STATE GASOLINE TAX, high PROPERTY TAXES, high AD VALOREM TAXES, high GARBAGE FEES, just raised FIRE TAXES....where does "investing" stop? I'd like to "invest" a little in my family, my home, my personal enjoyment but the government keeps robbing me.

We've already got an across the board FEDERAL INCOME TAX rate increase coming in Jaunuary '13. And we have the HUGE additional costs of Obamacare driving up our healthcare costs PLUS the Obamacare TAXES on individuals and medical equipment manufacturers coming by 2014. How many more TAXES can we stand?

The STATE GASOLINE TAX we already pay is enough if managed properly and allocated fairly. I am not will to PAY TWICE and give Atlanta a free pass to use all of the GAS TAX money there while we pay for it and pay AGAIN to get our roads fixed.

We don't need to pay more money Bob. We need to change out some politicians and then have a top to bottom gutting and restructuring of the GA DOT and it's contracting procedures and policies. We need a mandatory equitable distribution of the STATE GASOLINE TAX we already pay. We need to clean out the GA DOT and put people in there who do not FAIL to qualify for available federal matching funds for road projects.

Bob, read the last 4 STATE AUDITORS reports on the GA DOT and then come back and tell me that the ONLY solution is to give these mismanaging agencies and possibly corrupt politicains MORE of OUR hard earned money.

WE ALREADY PAY PLENTY. Vote NO on TSPLOST and vote NO on all future xSPLOSTs and xSPLOSTs renewals. Paul has enough hotels, convetion centers, and parking decks. RCBOE has enough shiny new failing schools. And the GA DOT has enough money if they would manage it properly and quit letting the politicians use it to buy votes and pay off political favors with bloated contracts. When I finally drive by a road project and see 1 illegal alien standing there watching 10 white guys doing all of the work then I will be more inclined to say we are getting out money's worth from the GAS TAX.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/28/12 - 09:06 am
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Nailed it again!!

LL and dichotomy are right on as usual!!

avidreader
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avidreader 07/28/12 - 10:51 am
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No! No! No!

". . . lets us make that investment knowing what we are getting."

Once again, my cynical side has to protest. Simple history dictates that politicians, given discretionary funds, will not rise to the occasion. Can anyone of these politicos quarantee transparency? I think not! Would anyone in the political arena be willing to administer a day-by-day webpage, posting all expenditures? I think not! There is plenty of money floating around in the tax pool already. Cut fat, shift to a true business-for-profit model, and build a ton of bridges and roads -- without constantly taxing the citizens.

I'm sick and tired of "one more penny". When is enough enough?

sgmret
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sgmret 07/28/12 - 11:55 am
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Vote No!

This is simple, just vote NO.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 07/28/12 - 01:15 pm
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AC TSPLOST Project List Database. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

If you can stomach it, here is the link to the project list database as published in the AC. Many nit nothing projects which will just pee away a whole lot of money!

http://chronicle.augusta.com/data/tsplost_projects2?appSession=158203976...

Tots
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Tots 07/28/12 - 01:16 pm
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Vote NO!!

Then ask everybody you know to vote-NO....

wasted tax dollars
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wasted tax dollars 07/28/12 - 02:02 pm
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No to TSLOST

Just another tax that will mostly leave Richmond County. Taxation without representation that will never be removed. 7% sales tax is already too much.

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dstewartsr 07/28/12 - 03:05 pm
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TSPLOST:

Thieving Sucker's Pennies - Loading Our Slop Trough!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/28/12 - 04:11 pm
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Best description

I've heard yet, dstewartsr. Thumbs up!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/28/12 - 04:52 pm
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Another Day another TSPLOST story

every reason to vote no has been clearly presented here with every story written. Yet the Media Blitz continues.

Who is funding the stories?
Where is the money coming from for these planted stories.

It would not be from several Construction companies that stand to make millions that are working way to closely with politicians would it?

Again Vote NO!

BTW: Suggestion do a search on "TSPLOST" every day to find NEW articles that seem to be getting quickly pushed to deeper sections of the website.

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