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New tax a bad route for transportation

In responding to the guest commentary of Michael Meyer von Bremen of June 17, I see he left out one important aspect of the T-SPLOST proposed tax. That is that 25 percent of the tax collected, if passed, goes to local governments for local projects.

While the improvement and maintenance of our road systems is a laudable goal, this new tax would increase sales tax to 8 percent, which, in my opinion, borders on the edge of creating a confiscatory government. On the website and in the guest commentary, one of the main points brought forward is the jobs this might create and it is, in fact, being promoted as a jobs bill and an economic stimulus tax to a degree.

Economic stimulus and job creation are not the proper role of this proposed tax, I believe, as it is not proper for government to take the role of directly taxing its citizens for the purpose of providing jobs for other citizens that do now have one. This is simply income redistribution, very thinly disguised.

When our elected and hired government officials become cheerleaders for activity such as this, we have crossed a line in society and government that will eventually lead to the downfall of our way of life. It is better that we eliminate waste, fraud and poor management in government in order to fund the items that we really need. This tax is a bad idea in my opinion, and I urge readers to vote against it on July 31.

TOM STEVENSON

Albany

Comments

waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

The 25% kickback to Local Politicians adds a fishy smell to this tax. If the tax is for transportation, then use it for transportation. I may have contributed only a small amount to the Arch, but I do resent that waste of money when there are so many other things that need repairs and funding in the area. I'll be voting no. Transparency in Government is the goal. 25% kickbacks isn't transparancy.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 1 month ago

Walt, I've been told that 25 percent has to be spent on local transportation projects. It can't be used on anything. It's only "discretionary" in the sense that board members have the discretion to pick which transportation projects will be funded.

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waltspecht 2 years, 1 month ago

I have been around here for 35 years. I'll believe that when I actually see it happen. Plus when it happens I would like to see who gets the contracts, and someone research any ties that they may have. Especially if and when someone gets a good deal on a new car, or sells a used boat at a really high price. Maybe even a land deal or two thrown in to boot.

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