Skip to comments.GA T-SPLOST failures create new issue (your'e still paying the taxman)
Posted on 08/30/2012 4:40:17 AM PDT by vg0va3
So, now we have a situation in which the three regions that did pass the tax will have to match only 10 percent of the cost of a project approved for the fund, while our region and the eight others that rejected T-SPLOST will have to pony up 30 percent of the cost of a project.
Unless we miss our guess, constituents and local-level officials will be hammering their respective legislators to fix this problem. Given the fact that 75 percent of the state will be pushing for a solution, something should happen under the Gold Dome, where the side with the most votes wins.
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Being taxed for voting against a tax increase is not leadership. It is insulting AND JUST WRONG.
REPEAL THE GA TSPLOST PENALTY ON DAY 1 OF 2013 SESSION!
The T-splost regions that passed this sales tax referendum voted for a 1% sales tax increase within their regions. This sales tax increase helps to give them a percentage break on the required percentage of the costs associated with the projects that were approved for each of their regions. The T-splost regions are paying more in sales tax than the rest of the state, so why should they not get a percentage break in the construction costs?
So the question wasn’t do you want a tax increase? The question before the voters in July was how do you want to pay for the tax increase?
Do you want to vote yourself a 1% SPLOST or do you want to have a pay the tax in the form of higher share costs at time of funding allocation?
I voted in July not to accept their terms and now I am saying do away with the entire law. If they want to increase taxes then they should do it without back door tricks.
And to answer your questions, just because people in those districts decided to vote themselves a tax increase in during a recession does not justify the other districts paying for their ignorance. They should have voted no and demanded the problem be properly addressed in 2013.
After the session begins don’t be surprised that the 75% of voters rejecting the tax may still the have same allocation percentage rate. Those foolish enough to vote themselves a tax increase will be able to keep the 1% TSPLOST while paying the same 10% matching funds. Of course, I think they should keep the TSPOLST funds for their districts.