Frady voted to OK TSPLOST transit list

Nothing proved the need for better leadership than the April 4 County Commission workshop meeting. Every voter in Fayette County needs to look at the footage from the meeting (www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSCieM4hMh8).

A couple of representatives from the Atlanta Regional Commission gave a presentation on the upcoming July 31 referendum on the Transportation Investment Act also known as TSPLOST. They gave a less than impressive presentation on the referendum using PowerPoint slides full of smiling happy people.

The presenter said the Atlanta Regional Commission was only allowed to give “facts” and was not allowed to speak out in favor of the TSPLOST. Commissioner Steve Brown made quick work of proving that the presenter was leaving a lot of very significant facts out of his presentation.

The presenter actually agreed with Commissioner Brown, saying the regional government has absolutely no idea how the maintenance and operations of the current and another $3.2 billion worth of transit infrastructure was going to be paid. We’re talking billions of dollars annually.

The presenter also had to agree with Commissioner Brown that the mass transit projects the regional voters were being promised were only half-funded. Essentially, the supporters of the referendum are lying to the public in order to get their votes.

Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan didn’t lift a single finger in opposition to special interest transportation plan that former Chairman Jack Smith and former Mayor Ken Steele were creating for this referendum.

Chairman Frady, the one I’m opposing on the July 31 ballot, voted in favor of the final regional transportation project list last year that includes $3.2 billion worth of transit that is only half-funded and no one knows how we are going to pay to maintain it.

Frady, Hearn and Horgan were key characters in the creation of the 2009 Fayette County TSPLOST. That referendum failed 3-to-1 by the voters because it contained the same kind of useless project list like we see in the upcoming Transportation Investment Act referendum.

Chairman Frady had the audacity to blame the mayors from the local cities for the 2009 TSPLOST. The meeting minutes clearly show Frady voted in favor of the 2009 TSPLOST and in favor of the terrible list of projects. As a county leader, he should take responsibility for his conduct and not blame the local mayors.

Those same three commissioners voted not to remove transit projects for Fayette County from the regional transit plan. They rejected a resolution calling for Fayette County to be removed from all regional and state transit plans. Total lack of transparency and accountability. Two of my campaign issues.

You have two distinct choices for the Board of Commissioners race on July 31. Herb Frady said nothing when Fayette was being included in the regional transit plans. Frady voted in favor of a special interest regional transportation plan that earmarks $3.2 billion for transit we can’t afford. Frady has shown what he will do if given the chance like the West Fayetteville Bypass and the failed 2009 TSPLOST.

I won’t put up with the special interest politics. I have consistently spoken out at public meetings and in the newspapers against the exploits of our current chairman and I can be counted on to listen to what the taxpayers have to say instead of ignoring them.

I would truly appreciate your support in my run for county commissioner on July 31.

David Barlow, candidate

www.electbarlow.com

Tyrone, Ga.

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BBQ Jones missed it altogether

Frady, Hearn and Horgan knew Jack Smith was including Fayette County in the regional mass transit plan.

BBQ Jones might be in favor of the Transportation Investment Act referendum; he did not say. Some people like mass transit even if it puts us billions of dollars in the red.

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I Don't Agree!

Mr Barlow you make a poor attempt to link the current Commissioners silence at the April 4 workshop as being evil behavior. They were respectfully listening to the facts presented. Regional transporation issues are very important to this County. We can't ignore these issues, and they must be dealt with in a comprehensive way.

I went to your campaign web-site. Other than "video-taping meetings", you really don't stand for much. I would like for you to give the voters 5 items that you want to accomplish if elected?

Tell me, if elected would you support Steve Brown for Chairman of the Commission? Looking back at Mr. Brown's record as Mayor of Peachtree City with tax increases and constant turmoil, how will you ensure that positive results will occur? I am afraid if Mr. Brown is elected Commission Chairman, we will lose many of the good staff in the Fayette County government.

We need strong leadership with vision. Frankly, I don't agree with your vision.

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I Don't Agree!

Mr Barlow you make a poor attempt to link the current Commissioners silence at the April 4 workshop as being evil behavior. They were respectfully listening to the facts presented. Regional transporation issues are very important to this County. We can't ignore these issues, and they must be dealt with in a comprehensive way.

BBQ Jones
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I Don't Agree!

I went to your campaign web-site. Other than "video-taping meetings", you really don't stand for much. I would like for you to give the voters 5 items that you want to accomplish if elected?

BBQ Jones
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I Don't Agree!

Tell me, if elected would you support Steve Brown for Chairman of the Commission? Looking back at Mr. Brown's record as Mayor of Peachtree City with tax increases and constant turmoil, how will you ensure that positive results will occur? I am afraid if Mr. Brown is elected Commission Chairman, we will lose many of the good staff in the Fayette County government.

We need strong leadership with vision. Frankly, I don't agree with your vision.

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Enemy of my enemy is my friend, Mr. Jones

Somethings are simply facts that have to be accepted. And then there are facts that can be enhanced.
1. Steve Brown, Mr. Barlow and most thinking people in Fayette County and other counties are against the transportation tax. Reasons may differ, but it is a very bad idea.
2. Agreeing with Brown on the transportation tax does not mean anything at all. It is just such an obvious populist position to take that you would have to be brain-dead or a paving contractor to support it.
3. Anyone running against Frady, Horgan or Hearn will be supported by Brown and it is almost certain that 2 or even 3 of the opponents will win. None of the new people will want to be chairman so McCarty's nomination of Brown will be seconded and passed. He will be the chair. Get used to it. Fayette County will have its own Obama, campaigning 24/7 even after the election is over.
4. Mr. Barlow may indeed be that third vote Steve Brown needs to become chairman. He wants it very badly and certainly knows his only chance of reelection is to be chairman and somehow fend off district voting until after the 2014 election. He will lose that battle in court eventually, but if he can be chairman for 3 or 4 years, he is then positioned to run for state senate or house or maybe US Congress - you know after Westmoreland resigns to run for President. I realize most of us cringe at the thought of Brown in Congress or Westmoreland in the White House, but you can rest assured that those two have thought a lot about that and believe it to be possible.

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Citizen Detectives

It is a real shame that the citizens of Fayette County and this country have to resort to becoming private detectives in order to prove that our elected officials are less than truthful.

However, I am extremely thankful for folks like Mr. Barlow who will go the extra mile to inform the people here of what is happening. He knows that most folks are working hard to support families and help pull themselves and our country out of the economic mess public officials and big corporations have dropped on us.

THANK YOU, Mr. Barlow. You are truly a PUBLIC SERVANT!

I hope that all Fayette citizens will take the time to view your entire video. The latter portions of the video are jaw dropping and eye opening.

It was almost impossible to believe that the ARC's own representative had to admit that "mass transit projects the regional voters were being promised were only half-funded.

It was astounding to hear the ARC's representative say "the regional government has absolutely no idea how the maintenance and operations of the current and another $3.2 billion worth of trans infrastructure was going to be paid." Absolutely astounding!

Disheartening just isn't strong enough to describe how many, many voters in Fayette County feel about the last several commissions we've been living under. As we were all told at a Sept. 2008 meeting in the commission meeting room, "The West Fayetteville Bypass is a done deal!" In other words, the citizens have no choice but to comply. Your property will be taken whether you like it or not!

And, now the ARC has jumped on the bandwagon, selling the Regional TSPLOST (Transportation Investment Act) at all cost. The ARC's resources are massive. Research the list of corporations and organizations shelling out millions to cover advertising expenses.

Right there among all the big corporations is our own Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and our own Commission Chairman Herb Frady. PLEASE go to this link http://fayettecountyissuesteaparty.org/TIA_2010.html and observe Commission Chairman Frady enthusiastically supporting regional government, Regional TSPLOST, and our participation in pouring billions upon billions in regional transit with his applause.

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Remember the 2009 TSPLOST?

By the Fall of 2009, it had gotten out how the citizens of Fayette County had been duped into voting (2003 SPLOST)for the West Fayetteville Bypass, better known as the "road to nowhere." Subsequently, the TSPLOST vote was 76-24% against the 2009 SPLOST. Next, the only commissioners up for reelection in 2010 lost to McCarty and Brown who ran on a platform against SPLOST, the WFB, and mass transit. Not to be outdone, the remaining 3 commissioners have since voted together in an effort to block the efforts of McCarty and Brown to represent those who elected them.

I've attended most of the commission meetings since the last election, and have never seen Commissioners Hearn and Horgan vote against Mr. Frady. Where a vote is required, a vote from Mr. Frady ensures similar votes from Mr. Horgan and Mr. Hearn. But I have actually seen Commissioners Brown and McCarty vote against each other. Chairman Frady and Ex Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele, have consistently made great effort to keep Fayette County in the Atlanta Regional Commission. I consider Mr. Frady to be the most powerful politician in Fayette County. What he votes for passes, and what he votes against does not.

The ARC is spending huge amounts of money to lobby the current TSPLOST which Fayette County will have if the majority of the ten ARC counties vote for it this year. The TSPLOST TV ad is the one you see (every 15 minutes, it seems) showing Atlanta roads tied in knots, and there is an impressive list of companies behind it. We even have a current blogger who is a lobbyist for concrete road construction arguing in favor of it in this newspaper, but even he has not come up with a way to pay for what the proposed projects will cost.

Fayette County is a different animal from the City of Atlanta, and does not need to get into a situation where our tax dollars will be used for projects our county does not need. The three holdover commissioners all need to go. Otherwise, we will get more projects like the WFB, which only the three commissioners and developers support. We will also be contributing to a mass transit system that stays hundreds of millions of dollars in the red.

Mr. Barlow, like Commissioners McCarty and Brown, sides with the majority of Fayette voters. If elected he will help break the 3 to 2 voting stronghold Mr. Frady holds with his two followers.

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