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Georgia Taxpayers Alliance: Keeping our money in our pockets and THEIR hands out!

GTA would like to thank everyone who have supported our effects to keep our taxes low as possible.  Please visit our website and follow our work on Facebook.

www.GaTaxpayer.com

Want a “VOTE NO TSPLOST” Yard Sign?

To get a yard sign go to www.traffictruth.net . You can order signs there.

Donate: We need your help!

Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Inc.  needs your help with a generous donation. Since 2009 GTA has been a voice for the taxpayers of Georgia. With your help and a donation we can continue to build on our efforts. To learn more visit www.gataxpayer.com

Anti-Tax Public Speakers Available (TSPLOST)

Speakers are available for your event.

With a multimillion dollar pro-tax campaign underway,  anti-tax  activists are being invited to speak at public and private events all over the Atlanta metro region.

If your civic group,  business or news agency would like to schedule a speaker for your next event or interview… contact:

James Bell, Director, Georgia Taxpayers Alliance   404 . 271 . 9061

Gataxpayer @ Gmail . com

The Transportation Investment Act Referendum (TIA)  will be July 31, 2012

AKA – Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST)

$8.5 Billion Tax Vote ( Atlanta Region)

15 Reasons to Detest T-SPLOST and Punish its Promoters

City Stink explores 15 reasons to vote NO on the July 31 Transportation sales tax referendum.     Augusta Ga.

The Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (also referred to even in the legislation as the ‘Transportation Investment Act’) is being called T-Splost all over Georgia. The legislation establishes a new 1% sales tax supposedly dedicated to regional transportation. Our region is the Central Savannah River Region, consisting of populous Richmond and Columbia counties, along with 11 rural counties. The tax covers a 10 year period. The funds are totaled for the region, then allocated based upon 75% a “constrained investment list of projects and 25% discretionary funds based upon an 80% non-state road miles per county and 20% based upon population. Funds are collected by the Georgia Department of Revenue, then transferred to the Georgia Finance and Investment Commission for distribution.

Confusing? You bet. That is intentional.
Here is the evaluation, from a cost recovery and fiscal conservative policy point of view of why TSPLOST is an abomination:
  1. The Bill says only the 5 member executive board has a vote on the final project list. Rural voters have no representation in that vote.(see Executive Committe paragraph ½ down the page) This is Taxation without Representation #1.
  1. Rural voters in 11 counties can vote it down, but still are subjected (See Special Districts, paragragh 2) to this regional government, if it massively passed in urban counties. This is Taxation without Representation #2.
  1. It is an Act of Extortion. The bill says regions that do not pass it see their state funds matching TRIPLED from 10 percent to 30 percent. (See Line 687-692, page 20, House Bill 277) (Good news is that it will fail in a region or two prompting a HUGE lawsuit.) Bill Jackson, Ben Harbin, and Lee Anderson voted to allow Nathan Deal to extort money out of us in this manner. Continue reading

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.

Can you spell “BOONDOGGLE”?

Tax Group Says “NO” to Transportation Tax

Taxpayer Group Organizes against Regional Transportation Tax (T-SPLOST)

The Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, Inc. (GTA) has announced it will launch a grassroots campaign to defeat the July 31 Transportation Investment Act (TIA) Referendum, also called T-SPLOST. The tax is estimated to cost metro-Atlanta taxpayers more than $8.5 billion over ten years. 

James Bell, director of GTA said he is organizing in the 10 county Atlanta region to inform voters of the pending vote and encourage voters to vote “NO” on July 31.

Bell said while his group of grassroots activists cannot compete with a multi-million dollar pro tax campaigns funded by special interest groups, they do have dedicated citizens willing to work county by county to turn out the vote against the massive tax proposal.

“The opposition to the transportation tax is growing,”Bell said. “Even lawmakers who previously supported the tax have now come out opposing it.”

According to GTA, activists will be using social networks, attending public meetings, writing editorial letters and holding public demonstrations to bring attention to the sales tax vote in July.

Ron Williams, co-founder of GTA and a Gwinnett County resident said Gwinnett will be a major player in defeating the tax.

“D.O.T. projects like HOT lanes have made Gwinnett voters skeptical of any proposal to reduce traffic congestion,” said Williams.

The group believes an informed public will reject the 10-year tax increase, but the key to defeating the tax is voter turn out. Voters most go to the polls. “If you stay home and do not vote it is just like a vote in favor of the tax,”Bell said.

GTA has set up an educational Blog at www.TSPLOST.info .

James Bell and other metro-Atlanta activists are available for media interviews.

For more information:  James Bell – 404-452-4668 or Email – GaTaxpayer@gmail.com

Opinion: Can Cobb County Handle $1Billion Tax Vote?

I have a question for the thoughtful readers of the Marietta Daily Journal.
If a simple Sunday alcohol sales vote was so confusing for Cobb officials that legal action was necessary to fix the problem, then what do you think will happen if there is a 10-year, multi-county, multi-billion dollar, statewide approval of the TSPLOST/TIA involving hundreds if not thousands of transportation projects?
If Cobb government can’t handle a ballot for Sunday alcohol sales, how can it handle its share of a 10-year tax of more than a billion dollars?
Tony Cain
Cobb County
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