Taxpayers Are Not Being Told the Truth
TSPLOST is more than just a penny tax for 10 years, ongoing costs will affect generations to come.
One would think that with the mess the economy is in and the number of unemployed people still above 9 percent of the workforce we would be developing ways to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in our country. Not so. Every time we turn around, we are seeing another government program being proposed. We have come to the place in our state where we are being asked to vote ourselves tax increases in order to be successful.
Our legislators insist that we must do something about transportation and the only answer they can find is in the failed systems of an almost bankrupt Europe. The taxpayers are being used as if they are a thing to be mistreated when they are not told the truth related to how their taxes will be spent to enhance the transportation needs of our state. Some people are trying to justify a plan to have MARTA run a rail line from Gwinnett County around the loop of roads into Cobb County. With the promised successful lifestyle of suburban living looming in the balance, the jury pool is being compromised as we move toward the vote for the T-SPLOST next year.
It might surprise some people to know I don’t oppose expansion of MARTA or upgrades if those transportation projects can be funded by private investors. I dislike not being told the full story on the issue. We are being led to believe that with a tax we vote ourselves into, our transportation needs will be solved for years to come. Just building the system is one part of the overall picture. There will be operational and maintenance costs going into the next several generations for the citizens of Dacula and Gwinnett County to pay.
From where I stand, voters need to understand the truth about TSPLOST and what this tax will mean not just for the next 10 years, but for decades to come.