Monthly Archives: May 2012

DeKalb County NAACP urges members to reject transportation tax

Creative Loafing reports NAACP opposition to Transportation tax.

“Citizens, the NAACP is asking that you vote “No” on T-SPLOST, (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Referendum)”

Since last year, DeKalb County NAACP President John Evans has told elected officials that he’d help block a 1-cent sales tax to fund new roads and transit if an extension of MARTA rail along I-20 wasn’t among the selected projects. Well, the long-awaited rail line, which would have reached Stonecrest Mall, didn’t make the cut. (The roundtable did, however, agree to earmark $225 million to build park n’ ride lots and operate bus service along the line).

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Should We Trust GDOT with $18.6 Billion?

WSB TV Reporter Richard Belcher finds GDOT Mismanagement. Should we truth them with $18.6 Billion? READ MORE>>>

 

 

By Richard Belcher

ATLANTA —The Georgia Department of Transportation spends more than $2 billion in taxes every year, but the agency’s financial management has ranged from terrible to poor for years, according to auditors.

“They are better now, but they still don’t have adequate financial controls to prepare and present materially accurate financial statement in accordance with the law,” said Dyke.

The most contentious issue is that GDOT has moved money among its 15 or 18 separate programs without the approval of the legislature, which
is illegal.

Auditors said the confusion over the various programs is so great that neither GDOT nor the auditors can say whether the agency spent its
money as the legislature intended last year.

 

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TIA Tax Protest Reaches Gwinnett Co. Voters

Protesters say “NO” to transportation tax vote July 31

About a dozen protesters greeted Gwinnett Citizens before a packed town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Gwinnett County Courthouse. Organized by the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, the group held signs and handed out 100s of cards and stickers in a effort to mobilize voter turn out against the July 31 transportation sales tax referendum. The tax is estimated to cost taxpayers $8.5 billion over 10 years in the 10 county Atlanta region.

The event was covered by WGST 640, WSB 750, CBS Atlanta 46, AJC and Gwinnett Daily Post.

CBS Atlanta coverage by Adam Murphy>>>>

James Bell talks to CBS Atlanta reporter Adam Murphy about TIA tax.

Gwinnett Daily News Coverage>>>>

AJC photographer Johnny Crawford captures Anti-tax protest. 

Edition: May 23, 2012 Page 8A. 

Georgia Taxpayers Alliance Sales Tax Protest

“I would like to thank everyone for your support.” James Bell, Director GTA

Higher Taxes or Commute Alternatives?

Georgia Clean Air Campaign offers Atlanta commuter alternatives.

We can increase our taxes or we can unitize existing transportation alternatives.

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Patch.com Offers Pros & Cons to $8.5 Billion Tax

Suwanee Patch asked former Suwanee mayor Dave Williams and the Gwinnett Coordinator for Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Ron Williams, to answer three essential questions about their viewpoints.

TIA / T-SPLOST Fact Sheet

The Transprtation Leadership Coalition (TLC) offers this Fact sheet on the $8.5 Billion proposed tax. Vote “NO” July 31

FACT SHEET >>>>>>

www.TrafficTruth.net : The Truth About T-SPLOST (TIA)

www.TrafficTruth.net offers voters the others side of the tax coin. The Transportation Investment Act will be on the July 31 ballot in 12 regions in Georgia. The metro-Atlanta regions consist of 10 counties.

This would be the larest tax proposal in the history of Georgia.

A 10 Year 1% Sales Tax

$8.5 Billion Tax (Metro-Atlanta)

$19 Billion Tax (Statewide)

We encourage you to lear more about the tax and VOTE NO July 31.

 

Transportation Leardership Coalition: TrafficTruth.net

Transportation Leadership Coalition       
880 Marietta Highway, Suite 630-359       
Roswell, GA 30075-6755

MEDIA CONTACT       
Claire Bartlett       
404‐384‐3256

Grassroots Coalition Formed to Oppose TIA / T-­SPLOST

Launches TrafficTruth.net website to inform voters about TIA / T-­SPLOST vote on July ballot.

May 1, 2012, Roswell, GA – Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, announces the launch of their grassroots campaign to inform voters of the truth about the proposed regional transportation sales tax (T-SPLOST).

On March 31, 2012, approximately 75 grassroots activists representing several organizations, along with elected officials who opposed the 1% sales tax, gathered at Adventure Outdoors in Marietta, Georgia, to educate themselves on the proposed 1% sales tax statewide referendum.

“We put out the invitation to various grassroots organizers to meet under one roof and learn more about this tax. We were very pleased with the response from across the state as far south as Valdosta,” said Jack Staver, chairman of Transportation Leadership Coalition Continue reading

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Pros & Cons of Douglas County T-SPLOST Project List

Douglas County Sentinel Reports:

Tax vs. Transportation: Voters must decide if traffic fix worth penny tax

by Haisten Willis / Douglas County Sentinel

On Tuesday, July 31, local residents will vote with millions of others in metro Atlanta on an initiative known as the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST).

Put one way, the measure is an extra penny that will finally turn the corner on the region’s traffic congestion, give people precious extra hours in the day, provide Atlanta with a competitive edge on other cities and set the area up for success for generations to come.

Put another, voters are being asked to give another $7.2 billion of their own hard-earned money into government coffers, more funding to the people who let the region slide into a transportation hitch in the first place.

Though Douglas County has a fraction (about 3.2 percent) of the 10-county area’s population, it has three people sitting on the very front lines of the issue.

County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan and Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons each service on the 21-member Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Regional Roundtable. The group consists of the county commissioner and one mayor from each of the 10 counties, plus Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

In the other corner is James Bell. Bell, who runs the Georgia Taxpayer Alliance, has long been an advocate of lower taxes. The libertarian even played a role in the dissolution of Lithia Springs as a city a decade ago. He is busy leading efforts to get the “No” vote out.

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