Frady says he will ‘wait and see’ on his support for regional tax

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady said he will not yet commit to supporting an initiative to implement a 10-county regional transportation sales tax.

Instead, Frady wants to see the final list of projects that would be funded in Fayette County with sales tax revenue. That list, however, won’t be finalized for a matter of several months.

“If we don’t get the money back that we’re putting into it, we won’t support, and you’ll know that before you have to vote,” Frady said.

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele has taken the same stance.

Both Frady and Steele are Fayette’s representatives on the 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable, a group that is compiling the project list for the proposed regional tax.

Frady noted that one of the requirements for such projects is a need for them to connect between county jurisdictions.

The June 2012 vote on the tax, which was authorized last year by the Georgia legislature, will be tabulated region-wide. That means if the vote passes in the aggregate among the 10-county Atlanta region, the tax will be implemented in all 10 counties.

So even if Fayette voters deep-six the regional tax, it would still be enacted here if it achieves a majority vote in the entire region.

If approved, the sales tax would generate $7.8 billion dollars over a 10-year period, according to state projections.

Fayette County is expected to chip in some $205 million, equal to 2.6 percent of the tax’s entire revenue.

In addition, if the tax is approved, Fayette County and its cities will get an estimated $46 million returned here to pay for any transportation project, whether it is regional in nature or not. That portion of the money could go towards golf cart improvements or local road improvements and maintenance, officials have said.

That $46 million will be split up among the counties and the cities for their governments to spend as they choose.

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix has criticized the regional transportation sales tax as putting Fayette County in a position to be a “donor county” for projects in the other nine counties in the region. Haddix has said he would rather Fayette County have a crack at another local transportation SPLOST instead.

The Regional Transportation Roundtable has already authorized a state-recommended list of “investment guidelines” to show how much regional T-SPLOST money could be spent on any given transportation category.

Among the categories receiving the largest investment range are roadway capital at 20-50 percent, transit capital at 10-40 percent, safety and traffic operations at 5-15 percent and roadway and bridge maintenance at 0-10 percent.

The investment guidelines also allow for funds to be set aside for transit operations and maintenance at a level between 5 and 20 percent.

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Frady - remember

That mister Frady voted against a defined benefits plan for county employees before he voted for it.

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BHH, Amen and Amen Again

Thanks for doing the math. I am sad to say that some folks just don't grasp the math concept.

Also, I want to thank John Munford for providing us with a clearer picture of where we stand.

Steele and Frady's "wait and see" attitude sounds good and might look good on paper, but it doesn't amount to a hill of beans. This "wait and see" business is nothing more than a means of pacifying the voters because they know that Fayette County is greatly outnumbered.

Steele is the mover and shaker in this deal and that was very apparent during Tuesday night's Association of Fayette County Governments meeting. Commissioner Steve Brown brought the discussions to the "Outer Loop" that the Atlanta Regional Commission has planned to run through the middle of downtown Fayetteville. Commissioner Brown voiced his concerns as to how a little traffic congestion in downtown Fayetteville would be escalated to complete gridlock. Steele continued to point out that it is just a four-lane highway. But what nobody seems to realize is that four lane thruways become gridlocked, as well. For those of us familiar with Northside traffic, Jimmy Carter Blvd. used to be 4 lanes, but became one of the worst gridlocked roads in the U. S., even though the name of the road changed. Any through four lane road passing through or near Fayetteville will definitely have a very major impact on our traffic.

It seems to me that when a four-lane highway dumps into little downtown Fayetteville something will have to give. Will it be out beloved Old Courthouse? I guess some folks would sell their dear old Grandma for a few pieces of silver. To my way of thinking, that is what's happening to Fayetteville and Fayette County. Jack Smith set the deal up, Ken Steele will close the deal and Frady will watch it happen.

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So we "chip in some $205 million" and "In addition" "get an estimated $46 million" The way this is written it strikes me as two separate thoughts. As if we contribute $205 million and only get back $46 million, which is a loss of $159 million.
Or do you really expect me to believe that will get back the chipped in $205 million plus the $46 million. If this is true then why are these two thoughts separated in different paragraphs as if unrelated. Is this a typo, an oversight, am I missing something or are my suspicions that it is intentionally misleading founded?.

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BHH, it's really quite simple

You and others like you have been vocal as to not wanting any form of mass transit for Fayette County so our $159 million will go to those counties that do want mass transit.

Maybe now you'll understand that you're going to pay either way. It will pass in 2012.

This is just one reason I'm for mass transit in Fayette County. I figure that if I'm going to have to pay I might as well get something out of it.

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You're out of ammo

Just lay down your empty weapon and slowly back away from the keyboard. Then no one will harm you. I promise.

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BHH, what are you talking about?

I'll have $159 million to buy all the ammo/mass transit I want.

Thank you for your donations to the cause.

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Mass Transit

Any mass transit in our county should run east west and south only. Trying to go north is fighting a loosing battle at this time.