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Committee Approves Transportation SPLOST List ($6,000,000,000 tax increase)
wsb radio ^ | 8/15/2011 | Pete Combs

Posted on 08/16/2011 6:22:31 AM PDT by from occupied ga

It was sometimes rowdy, sometimes fractious, but in the end leaders of communities throughout Metro Atlanta did something they've never done before. They agreed on a regional transportation plan.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called it a trying process – attempting to whittle away $300-million from a region-wide transportation wish list that included projects ranging from the Beltline to the Northwest Corridor Rail project along US 41.

“Although a couple of times, we walked up to the edge in terms of offending one another,” Reed said after the meeting of the Transportation Roundtable Executive Board, “at the end of the day, we thought better of that.”

The executive board eventually proposed cutting $80 million from Georgia Regional Transportation Authority funding, cutting more than $58 million from the Beltline project and cutting smaller projects like two segments of the Fayetteville bypass, totaling $1.8 million.

Now comes the hard part. Members of the entire Regional Transportation Roundtable have to sell their list of road and rail projects to the public in a series of meetings before a November vote on a ten-year penny sales tax to pay for it all. Dekalb County Executive Burrell Ellis says that's where he expects the most -- and the most vocal -- opposition.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: marta; splost; taxincrease
The economy is in bad shape because of too much government spending and these greedy bureaucrats propose to squeeze another $6 billion out of the local taxpayers to expand MARTA, streetcar loops and roads to nowhere.

leaders of communities

If a local leader is one who robs you and then spends the loot on buying votes and paying off campaign contributions, then these are indeed local "leaders."

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1 posted on 08/16/2011 6:22:34 AM PDT by from occupied ga
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To: from occupied ga

Does anyone REALLY believe that the sales tax rate will drop one cent after 10 years? Ha, I have a bridge to sell you!


2 posted on 08/16/2011 6:31:02 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

The GA Tea Party has already come out against this black hole tax. It will fight tooth and nail to see it goes nowhere.


3 posted on 08/16/2011 6:35:46 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

A few months back, the Hwy 400 toll (only toll road in the state) finally paid paid off that freeway. Instead of removing the toll booths as promised, they rebuilt them and resumed collection.

No, that sales tax increase won’t drop. Others haven’t, no reason to expect this one to.


4 posted on 08/16/2011 6:36:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Dadgumit! You beat me to it.


5 posted on 08/16/2011 6:36:29 AM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Does anyone REALLY believe that the sales tax rate will drop one cent after 10 years?

No one with any experience on this.

6 posted on 08/16/2011 6:44:05 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

They’re going to try and push this through in November? Good luck with that. Outside of Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton, I don’t see a chance of this passing.


7 posted on 08/16/2011 6:54:29 AM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (Fiat justitia ruat caelum)
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8 posted on 08/16/2011 6:55:03 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: ctdonath2
No, that sales tax increase won’t drop. Others haven’t, no reason to expect this one to.

The Atlanta Urinal Constipation loves any tax increase that is proposed. So do the liberal/progressive radio stations down here. But get outside the cities filled with these wackos and you will find quite a different opinion.

9 posted on 08/16/2011 7:01:48 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: Leroy S. Mort
They’re going to try and push this through in November?

Don't be too complacent. They pushed through the last one with a substantial margin. The organizations that want the tax are extremely well funded. After all tehy're expecting a six billion dollar payoff and don't mind fronting several million to bombard the voters with lies and distortions. And, of course, there are the idiots who actually believe that this will "benefit the region."

10 posted on 08/16/2011 7:02:05 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

MARTA is what is the matter with Metro Atlanta. What’s colored like a rainbow and smells like a pig-sty? A Marta train or bus. Damn shame too!


11 posted on 08/16/2011 7:51:46 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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MARTA is what is the matter with Metro Atlanta

ONE of the MANY things wrong with Atl. Probably the single most wasteful, but then there's Grady, and the whole section 8 housing situation.

12 posted on 08/16/2011 7:57:27 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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