A controversy is spinning around the ballot language of the July 31 transportation sales tax referendum. If passed, the ten county Atlanta region sales tax would cost taxpayer nearly $9 billion over 10 years .
The controversy is over the “preamble” of the “SPECIAL ELECTION Referendum 1” on the July 31 primary ballot. The preamble reads “Provides local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”
James Bell, Director of Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, said the wording was cleverly crafted in an attempt to influence voters opinion of the tax and to mislead the public.
According to Bell, this is a desperate attempt by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to influence the out come of the tax vote. In an email exchange with a member of the Transportation Leadership Coalition , Kemp took credit (or blame) for the preamble to the ballot question.
More on this issues later.