Hope that SPLOST fails

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A special-purpose local option sales tax is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects. It is an optional 1 percent sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of parks, schools, roads and other public facilities. The revenue generated cannot be used toward operating expenses or most maintenance projects.

Capital outlay projects are defined as major projects of a permanent, long-lived nature, such as land and structures. Among the projects explicitly included are road, street, bridges, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and garbage trucks. Georgia law allows counties and municipalities complete discretion over the types of projects selected for SPLOST funding.

While funds cannot be used for most maintenance, SPLOST law explicitly allows the expenditure of funds for maintenance and repair of roads, streets and bridges.

While local commissions have discretion over selection of projects under SPLOST funding, I do not believe it was meant to support outside nongovernmental agencies such as Paine College, Georgia Regents University or local nonprofits.

Additionally there is concern over the $5 million administrative funding. I plan to vote against the SPLOST with hope that it fails, and our elected commission comes forth with a more realistic project list.

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/16/14 - 12:42 am
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I just cannot see for the life if me

How someone isn't calling their hand on the illegal SPLOST list. That's Augusta for ya though.

localguy55
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localguy55 04/16/14 - 07:04 am
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SPLOST should always have

SPLOST should always have specific uses written in the law. It can be a good thing if done in this manner. The proposed tax is voted on, passed, collected, and utilized.

One of the biggest expenditures of public funds is the maintenance of public use structures, i.e. roads and bridges. These two have the highest public usage and offers the greatest benefit to tax payers.

If roads and bridges aren't constructed and maintained the first to realize it will be the individual utilizing it. Just think what it would be like if you left your home and discovered the road on the way to work is suddenly unusable or the bridge is too unsafe to cross.

This could and has happened. SPLOST is important but we as a community can not allow politicians abuse their position by illegally spending our tax money.

Demand that the money is spent as it was intended.

deestafford
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deestafford 04/16/14 - 08:32 am
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It never ceases to amaze me how politicians...

It never ceases to amaze me how politicians continue to think the people are ignorant, stupid and have short memories. They seem to think after a few years we will forget the rules behind something that were use to sell the idea to the public.

What's a shame is there will be some very worthy projects that won't be done because of the greed of the Commission resulting in a revolt of the voters when they say "NO" to SPLOST.

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 04/16/14 - 08:44 am
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Here is the law OCGA

Here is the law OCGA 48-8-110,111. This is all anyone needs to know. How all of the illegal projects ended up on SPLOST 7 and especially a ballot, is troubling to me. Do we have city leaders or fools? The scary part is that an uninformed electorate could actually vote for this. If this in fact does happen, I hope there are folks ready to bring a lawsuit against the city, because this is what it would take. Vote no and educate your friends about state law! Augusta has no rule of law. This must end!

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 09:30 am
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2016
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The current SPLOST VI does not expire until 2016. Why are we voting on a SPLOST VII package on May 20, 2014?? Why is this being rushed? Why was the public left out of the discussions? Someone or some group is desperate to ram another SPLOST thru before they lose power after the next election.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/16/14 - 10:49 am
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"The current SPLOST VI does

"The current SPLOST VI does not expire until 2016. Why are we voting on a SPLOST VII package on May 20, 2014??"

Because, like ALL politicians, they have OVERSPENT and OVER OBLIGATED SPLOST VI. They've put the matching funds for the cancer center and the DOUBLED cost of renovating the Marble Palace on the SPLOST VII credit card and now it is about to blow up in their face because they refuse to take their friends, pals, buddies, artists, and special interests PRIVATE entities off of the list. A few people in Augusta finally READ the law and called BS on their continued illegal use of SPLOST tax dollars. Couple that with that EMPTY white elephant and HORRIBLE operation and maintenance contract we got from previous SPLOSTs called the TEE center and I'd say at least SOME of the voters in Richmond County are wising up.

Let's just face it folks.....our commissioners and mayor have spent us into oblivion and nothing they have spent our money on has worked out well. They've got the Democrat "deficit spending" disease.

Darby
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Darby 04/16/14 - 12:16 pm
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"How someone isn't calling their hand on the illegal

SPLOST list. That's Augusta for ya though."

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That is easily done at the polls. Yet it never seems to happen. I ALWAYS vote NO on every SPLOST issue an always find myself in the minority. One day, I'm gonna be on the winning side of this issue.

Or not....

Darby
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Darby 04/16/14 - 12:18 pm
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In the meantime,

I'll continue to at least TRY to send a message to those clowns on the Commission that they should live within some sort of reasonable budget.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/16/14 - 03:57 pm
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I meant with legal action...

Certainly there has to be a lawyer among the masses that could file a motion on behalf of the tax payers and stop this nonsense...

Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/16/14 - 04:57 pm
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SPLOST

Isn't it odd how politicians now claim we need special funding for something that should be included in the general fund?

Isn't it odd that every time a local, state, or the federal gov't can't govern properly and make tough decisions that "roads, bridges, police, firemen, and education" is the first to get cut!

The message as put forth: "if you vote against SPLOST you're against roads and bridges". They must think their constituents are simpletons!

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 05:00 pm
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Brandon Dial
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is running for District 10 commission seat against Grady. He opposes SPLOST and is a lawyer. I wonder if he would help bring a suit?

stuaby
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stuaby 04/16/14 - 08:45 pm
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Be faster to just set up

Be faster to just set up roadblocks around town and shake everybody down for the money.

It's about where we are anyway in this damn country. Geez.

I still can't get over how much money I paid in Federal and State income and property taxes in 2013. DAMM.

stuaby
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stuaby 04/16/14 - 08:51 pm
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My oldest son has made

My oldest son has made comments that indicate liberal thought over the past year or so.

I'm going to sit him down and show him how enough money has been extracted from this household in taxes, IN ONE YEAR that could've have bought him that (used 2009) Cobra Mustang he wants so badly OUTRIGHT. Then I'll take him around town and show him where it's all going.

Betcha that'll cure all that tiju in a minute.

rebellious
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rebellious 04/16/14 - 11:29 pm
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The Only Thing

which will stop this abuse is a lawsuit. The only lawyer who will take up that cause is one standing to get paid for his/her efforts. Anybody ready to belly up to the bar and pick up the tab?

chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp.

I saw a guy at one commission meeting start reading chapter and verse about the illegality of the newest SPLOST. Hissonner whistled him down at the end of his 5 minutes. A commissioner ask for an additional 2 minutes, was granted, then the guy had to "sit down and shut up".

Vote "NO" for SPLOST VII to send a clear message about the abuse and mis-spending. While I like the way a SPLOST keeps property taxes down, it is time to rise up and send a clear message from the Proletariat we will no longer tolerate this abuse of Public Funds by the bourgeoisie.

Darby
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Darby 04/17/14 - 01:42 am
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"Certainly there has to be a lawyer among the masses

that could file a motion on behalf of the tax payers and stop this nonsense..."

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I knew what you meant. On the other hand, a court case must be heard by a judge and there are more liberal judges out there than you can shake a stick at.

Chances are, a legal challenge would die on the vine.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 04/17/14 - 02:32 am
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It was a wish Darby

Nothing more...one can hope....

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