I know that this is only going to apply to Georgia residents but I feel it needs to be discussed. On July 31, 2012 Georgia voters will decide on whether to implement a 10 year one percent sales tax which will be used to fund transportation related projects. I cannot remember the last time, if ever, that I voted for a new tax, and so far, I haven’t seen any reason to do so at this time.
Many things are being said about it, with a lot of it focused on making us think we are doomed if we dont pass it. Yes there are issues getting around Atlanta, and other areas in Georgia, but is a new tax the way to fix it? Furthermore, we are talking about billions of additional funds being funneled to the state, with no clear idea of where these funds are being used, and how they will be controlled. We are already at a disadvantage with other nearby states because of our high income tax rates, and now the state wishes to increase the burden with additional sales tax. Maybe I would be more appreciative of the effort if our legislature would make some serious efforts regarding our income taxes, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.
Even their own website doesn’t provide a lot of comfort for those who would like a reason to vote for the tax. T Splost Fact Sheet
Bottom line, I don’t see any reason to change my stance on not voting for new taxes. I welcome your input.