Following is a quote from an AJC article concerning T-Splost. “The ARC also projects the transportation improvements will put more money in people’s pockets.” My question is whose pockets, because last I heard a tax takes money from my pockets. It seems to me like there is a lot of hyperbole and fluff regarding this tax, but are the results going to be worth it?
If it truly is so important and so self evident that we need this, then why is the referendum worded as follows “Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.” The wording is obviously intended to make you think you would be foolish to not vote for it because who doesn’t want new jobs and less traffic, especially if citizens are going to provide oversight. Well friends let me know if any of you are asked to provide oversight. I sincerly doubt if I will be asked. Seems like three years ago we were told something similar on a federal level and how has that worked out for us? Well at least unemployment is almost down to what we were told it wouldn’t exceed. But I digress.
I certainly think that traffic and congestion is an issue in Atlanta and statewide, but is approving a tax with an iffy list of projects and which doesn’t return to most counties the money they put in it, the way to go? I think not. Let’s vote No on this and rethink the issue.