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Connect Georgia proposes TSPLOST

Connect Georgia’s Heath Garrett explains the benefits of passing next year’s TSPLOST to local business leaders Wednesday at Doublegate Country Club.

Connect Georgia’s Heath Garrett explains the benefits of passing next year’s TSPLOST to local business leaders Wednesday at Doublegate Country Club.

ALBANY — Connect Georgia, a group that is pushing for approval of a transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax (TSPLOST) on the November 2012 ballot, brought its message Wednesday to Doublegate Country Club, making a pitch to local business leaders.

“The TSPLOST is the greatest economic development opportunity in Georgia in the last 50 years,” Connect Georgia’s Heath Garrett said. “It’s an opportunity to inject $19.5 billion statewide in direct transportation investment which will lead to real jobs in local areas.

“It’s important to know that the estimated $1.5 billion that will be raised in Southwest Georgia will go directly to projects in Region 10 (the 14-county Southwest Georgia area) and not one penny will go to Washington or Atlanta.”

According to Connect Georgia, a 1 percent tax in each region will go toward a list of transportation projects decided upon by local officials in each of the regions. Only projects on a region’s list will be funded by taxes raised in that region.

Eligible projects include roads, bridges, transit, freight and passenger rail, ports, airports and bicycle and and pedestrian facilities.

Regions in which voters reject the transportation tax will not receive the additional funds to pick up the cost of the transportation projects listed for their region.

“What happens to Southwest Georgia if we don’t approve this penny tax?” Dougherty County Commission Chair and long-time TSPLOST proponent Jeff Sinyard asked. “Where will we be 10 years from now? The future will be in our hands next November.”

Outgoing Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Catherine Glover said, “We have a unique opportunity to control our own destiny.”

Heath added the TSPLOST is crucial, especially in an economically depressed area like Southwest Georgia.

“TSPLOST is even more important in Southwest Georgia than in other areas of the state,” Heath said. “The opportunity to keep Washington and Atlanta out of this level of opportunity cannot be missed. This will lead to real jobs throughout the region.”

The Federal Highway Commission estimates that every $1 billion spent on roads and bridges supports 28,000 jobs and generates up to $2.5 billion in direct and indirect economic activity.

Comments

KaosinAlbany 2 years, 9 months ago

I will be voting NO to T-SPLOST. Most of this money will be used in Atlanta and not here. Don't let them fool you.

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Terry.Lewis 2 years, 9 months ago

Heath said all the monies collected would be spent within the respective transportation regions only. Now, whether you believe him or not is up you you ...

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Engineer 2 years, 9 months ago

The T-SPLOST money is written directly into the legal code that you can only spend the money in the region it is from. Esentially, for folks who are not in Georgia DoT District 7, aka Atlanta Metro, you shouldn’t worry about your money going to Atlanta. The bill clearly states that all the money collected in it has to stay in that regional district with 15-25% of the money (depending on situation) going to individual counties.

More Specifically:

“(a) The proceeds received from the tax authorized by this article shall be used within the 778 special district receiving proceeds of the tax exclusively for the projects on the approved 779 investment list for such district as provided in subsection (b) of Code Section 48-8-243. 780 Authorized uses of tax proceeds in connection with such projects shall include the cost of 781 project defined in paragraph (2) of Code Section 48-8-242.”

in regards to local money

837 (e) Twenty-five percent of the proceeds received from the tax authorized by this article 838 shall be distributed to the local governments within the special district in which the tax is 839 imposed if such special district’s boundaries are not coterminous with an MPO. Fifteen 840 percent of the proceeds received from the tax authorized by this article shall be distributed 841 to the local governments within the special district in which the tax is imposed if such 842 special district’s boundaries are wholly contained within a single MPO. Such percentages 843 shall be allocated to each local government by multiplying the LARP factor of each local 844 government by the total amount of funds to be distributed to all the local governments in 845 the special district.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20092010/106194.pdf

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Jacob 2 years, 9 months ago

No more taxes. The government is too big now. It needs to be starved, not fattened.

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