I, along with many others, waged a battle against the new SPLOST TAXES back in Nov. of 2011. The vote was close in Troup County, passing by only 179 votes. The majority of voters in District 3, voted not to tax themselves. I am the only candidate running for Commissioner in District 3 who opposed, as did the voters, the higher sales taxes, which are now in place for another 6 years because of the county wide referendum. It seems the people decided in District 3 they were Tea’d (Taxed Enough Already) but for 179 votes county wide , the sales tax in Troup County would be 5 percent beginning in 2013.
The voters now face an additional 1 percent for 10 years, the T-SPLOST, to add to the present 7 percent sales tax if the voters vote again to tax themselves.
The following will appear on your primary ballot July 31st.
“Shall Troup County’s transportation system and the transportation network in this region and the state be improved by providing for a 1 per cent Special District Transportation Sales and Use Tax for the purpose of transportation projects and programs for a period of ten years?” Yes or No? There is deception in the question.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Georgia lawmakers avoid responsibility by claiming that they are allowing the voters to “choose” a tax that they vote to allow on a ballot and claim it is our choice. All the while they claim it’s for the “public good”. If they really believe that why didn’t they vote the tax increase themselves as was in the original bill? The bottom line is that politicians are abusing the referendum process to force an additional tax on our backs for they fear to take responsibility for the bad legislation and they also know the ballot language will fool some.
T-Splost use of regional commissions is an attempt to add an unelected layer of government, destroying accountability, local control and representative government. Funneling billions of dollars through these appointed commissions, the using of appointed “citizens” review panels to monitor them is like the fox guarding the hen houses. They have created a mechanism whereby people in other counties can extract money from unwilling voters in other counties. If 50 percent plus 1 votes to tax themselves July 31st in this 10 county region and all in Troup County vote no, too bad we in Troup County will be taxed. Let’s pray that 50 percent plus one votes” no” in Coweta, Heard, Butts, Pike, Carroll, Meriwether, Spalding, Upson ,Lamar , along with Troup County .
Why would special interest groups fund an $8,000,000 propaganda campaign to misdirect voters? They are supported by bureaucrats whose power can expand. The T-SPLOST is not about transportation projects, but about eliminating local control, enriching some at our expense. Someone has called this tax “T-SLOP” FOR THE PUBLIC TROUGH!
I am against the T-Splost and suggest the voters in District 3 not be fooled by those candidates who have now voiced opposition against this 10 year tax when they whole hearted wanted you to tax yourselves for 6 more years back in November. Liberals have never met a tax they didn’t like. I think they know the voters have caught on, at least in District 3.
Candidate for Troup County Commissioner District 3