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Voters to decide on taxes, transportation projects
The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | July 15, 2012 | Charles Oliver

Posted on 07/17/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT by GrootheWanderer

When area voters go to the polls on July 31, they’ll decide whether to impose a 10-year, 1 percent transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) on themselves. This tax is authorized by the Transportation Investment Act (TIA), and unlike other SPLOSTs, this tax won’t be collected just within a single county and it won’t be administered by county commissioners or other local officials.

If approved, it will be collected within a region and administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation to fund projects across that region.

Whitfield and Murray counties are part of the 15-county Northwest Georgia region. If a majority of voters in the region approve the TSPLOST, it is expected to raise about $1.5 billion over the next decade, according to David Kenemer, principal planner at the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission. Just over $317 million would go back to counties in the region — divided based on a formula including population and road miles — for local transportation work.

The rest, about $1.1 billion, would be used to fund 105 transportation projects across the region.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: elections; georgia; roads; taxes
I think most folks expect this tax to fail in Whitfield County, but if enough voters approve it in the other 14 counties, it will become law.
1 posted on 07/17/2012 7:02:27 AM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: GrootheWanderer

There is no such thing as a temporary tax. If Georgians pass this, it will be in effect (and at a much higher rate) a hundred years from now.

Just a word of warning ...

2 posted on 07/17/2012 7:48:13 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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We in Georgia already know these double-speaking politicians. They say it's for this or that, and then do something else. They say it's only temporary and then it becomes permanent or even worse, increase it.

It's another tax increase on the poor who can least afford it. Have you noticed how most the Liberal/Progressive taxes hit the poor and the young most.

Obamacare will hit the Orphans who have just climbed out of poverty back into poverty. His increase in the Minimum Wage has only increased poverty for the poor and his regulations on Energy have only added to their troubles.

The Liberal/Progressives have only hurt the poor while pretending to help them. We in Georgia know what's going on.

It's time to vote the Rascals Out!

3 posted on 07/17/2012 8:55:45 AM PDT by sr4402
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