Not a bad deal

I think this is a good idea.

With the backing of Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a constitutional amendment was introduced in the Senate Thursday that would allow counties to seek voter approval for a 1-cent local option sales tax for transportation. Counties could work alone or in tandem with neighboring counties to undertake regional transportation projects.

The so-called T-SPLOST (for Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) would work just as other local option sales taxes do. Voters would have to be told what projects would be included and how long the tax would last.

And, as with other local option taxes, it would apply to food and to gasoline sales.

11 comments

  1. SouthFultonGuy says:

    Sunsetting provisions are important. Wasn’t the toll for GA400 supposed to be for a time and season?

  2. Tea Party says:

    No More Taxes, may I be any clearer on that?

    No More Taxes…oh wait I don’t want to repeat at the risk of censure…

  3. Still Looking says:

    Tea Party can you identify billions of existing State revenues to build new roads and transit in metro Atlanta? If so you should be on the New Georgia Commission. If you can’t find the money from current expenditures, are you prepared to sit in ever worsening gridlock and let the quality of life decline in metro Atlanta?

    Nobody wants new taxes, but we have to do something about traffic. Every year we add 80,000 to 100,000 new residents to the 10 county ARC area. Those folks bring cars, and they don’t bring new roads, so congestion is just swamping the existing transportation resources.

    Let the people decide if they want to increase their taxes to pay for specific projects. Put it to a vote.

  4. jeffgator says:

    How about we slash entitlements 10% across the board and use that newfound millions to fund transportation?

    Nevermind – not a popular move and would result in voter revolt.

  5. Still Looking says:

    jeffgator, we need State and local money, not federal. We have all the federal were going to get. Preferably money that no one else in the State believes they are “entitled” to have claim to.

  6. Redcatcher says:

    How much Federal money are we losing because of seatsbelts and pickup trucks? The legislature should move on that one. However, I agree on the amendment.

  7. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    How bout we eliminate the various sale tax exemptions. Why did Coke need a sale tax exemption for construction materials for building World of Coke…Why do farmers need a sale tax exemption on farm equipment when they’re profession is already heavily subsidized….AFLAC still have tax exemption?

  8. Romegaguy says:

    Tea you would have to post that at least 40 times on 30 different threads for at least 7 days to even be considered.

  9. Dave Bearse says:

    Is Cagle supporting SR845 introduced by Vance Smith? SR845 directs that 10% of a local sales tax for transportation go to the state. A “local” tax contingent on a tribute of 10% of the tax to the Gold Dome is idiocy. Smith clearly would have been an inferior choice for GDOT Commissioner.

  10. Dave Bearse says:

    Oops! My remark about Smith was based on his introduction of HR1226/HB1139 that would enact a 1% statewide general sales tax for transportation.

    Metro Atlanta is choking in traffic in part because only 80% of metro Atlanta’s motor fuel taxes are spent on metro Atlanta transportation. The feds return only 90% of Georgia’s federal motor fuel taxes to Georgia. With metro Atlanta paying a disproportionately higher fraction of the federal motor fuel taxes collected in Georgia, the federal skim amounts to 12% of metro Atlanta’s federal motor fuel taxes. The other 8% is in the pipeline of metro Atlanta tax dollars to outstate Georgia as transportation funding is presently distributed in Georgia.

    A new statewide general sales tax instead of higher motor fuel taxes for transportation is fundamentally wrong beyond the metro Atlanta perspective. Transportation users and not consumers generally should fund transportation. A general sales tax furthermore would increase transportation demand while discouraging energy independence.

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