Pro-TSPLOST ‘rally’ Tues. at McIntosh

Voting already underway for $6.1B 10-county tax

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County Board of Realtors will sponsor a forum Tuesday to share “the positive side” of a proposed one percent regional transportation sales tax for 10 years.

The forum is slated for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the auditorium at McIntosh High School.

If approved, the TSPLOST would be assessed in 10 metro counties including Fayette County. Early voting is already underway, with the final opportunity at the polls on election day July 31.

The Fayette Chamber has decided to support the tax, which would raise a projected $190 million here over 10 years. The TSPLOST is projected to rake in $6.1 billion total for regional projects alone.

Panelists slated for the forum include Todd Long, deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Transportation; Dave Williams, vice president of transportation for the metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Mike Faulkner, regional director of the Georgia Association of Realtors and Robert Pope, the Atlanta package division manager for UPS.

TSPLOST supporters claim that the tax is necessary for the Atlanta area to attract business prospects, as the metro area has one of the worst commuting times in the country.

Opponents have argued that the tax is too costly and the projects won’t have significant results. Critics also have harped on the fact that half of the money will go toward transit projects that will have little to no effect on reducing traffic congestion.

TSPLOST proponents have countered that Fayette County’s list contains no transit projects, yet the county will get back its investment in terms of project value along with a cash fund of $45 million for Fayette’s local governments that can be spent on any transportation project.

One of the catches of the TSPLOST effort as created by the Georgia Legislature is that Fayette County doesn’t have an exclusive say on whether it will be subject to the tax. That’s because Fayette’s votes will be lumped in with the other nine metro counties including the largest population counties of Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett. It’s that aggregate vote of all 10 counties combined that will determine the tax’s fate.

One of the biggest choke points for Fayette commuters that would be addressed by the TSPLOST is the interchange of Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 74 in Fairburn, a short distance outside Fayette County. If the TSPLOST is approved, $22.5 million has been set aside for improvements that would add a significant amount of capacity to the intersection with the addition of two cloverleaf approach paths south of the bridge across I-85.

If the TSPLOST doesn’t pass, DOT will use a scaled-back design that implements a “diverging diamond” interchange to eliminate left turn movements and improve traffic flow.

The diverging diamond would allow three lanes of traffic to exit the interstate and go southbound on Hwy. 74 at the same time, DOT representatives have said previously.

The main upshot of the diverging diamond is that it can be accomplished using the existing bridges over the Interstate, and it can be done much quicker, DOT officials said.

Fayette’s 10 green-lit projects, at a total of an additional $141.8 million, include the realignment of Ga. Highway 92 and Hood Avenue in Fayetteville, both segments of the East Fayetteville Bypass, and some $2.36 million in cart path connections to the southside of Peachtree City’s industrial park.

Also on the list is the widening of Ga. Highway 85 from Grady Avenue in Fayetteville southward to Bernhard Road in unincorporated Fayette County.
Other TSPLOST projects approved for Fayette County include:

• Widening of Ga. Highway 92 from Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard southward to McBride Road in unincorporated Fayette County;

• Operational improvements on Ga. Hwy. 85 south from Bernhard Road southward to Hwy. 74 south;

• A newly-proposed “connector” between Hwy. 92 and Ga. Highway 138 north to link Fulton and Fayette counties; and

• Operational improvements on Hwy. 92 northward from Hwy. 85 in Fayetteville to Oakley Industrial Boulevard in south Fulton County.

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no new taxes

Note to all Local, State and Federal Governments:
Get your financial houses in order, acknowledge the waste and fraud then clean it up before you ask for new taxes. BALANCE YOUR BUDGETS AND LEARN TO DO WITHOUT FOR A WHILE. People, wake up!

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NO NEW TAXES!

Get out and vote early for NO NEW TAXES!

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What happens when the fact surface...

A small group of devote metro Atlantans have been presenting to groups all over.

Once people hear the facts - not disputed by the way by proTSPLOST people- the crowds say no way.

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facts...

yeah, you're not dealing in facts at all. It's pure conjecture. Both sides are trying to sway the argument with conjecture.

The only facts are these:

1. If the law passes, an additional 1% sales tax will be collected.
2. There is a list of projects that will be funded by this tax collection.
3. An additional amount of money will be given to the local jurisdictions for discretionary projects.

Anything else you hear about businesses staying or going, transit ridership increasing or decreasing, crime going up or down, is conjecture and guesswork.

Too must distrust in the government on one side...too much faith in the people on the other.

I'm voting FOR the T-SPLOST, as I think something is better than nothing.

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Let's pay for the North Side

By voting yes on T-Splost you are voting to pay for the North Side of Atlanta (where most of the congestion is).

The South side has never been and never will be a priority.

In other words, voting yes on this thing will send our dollars OUT of Fayette County, and a few pennies will trickle back in.

I'm voting no, and I am not a member of the Tea Party and don't even know what Agenda 21 is (I'll have to look it up). Plus, I don't subscribe to paranoid theories of black helicopters. There were only two black helicopters, but Elliot Gould and the farmer blew them up by spraying insecticide at them, causing the pilots to lose orientation and hit a cliff.

The "black helicopters" cliche comes from the film Capricorn One.

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Agenda 21 and T-Splost

I am voting for T-Splost.

The Atlanta region has major transportation issues and T-Splost will address many of these problems. The projects involved are the result of much consultation and input from all of the jurisdictions involved. If we do not take advantage of this opportunity, the whole region will suffer and it will be some time before we have another chance.

But I am voting for T-Splost also because of those who oppose it.

The Tea Party folks oppose T-Splost because they oppose any tax increase to solve our problems no matter what the issue may be. So the TP has no credibility with me on the matter. The TP has been wrong about everything anyway.

Other opponents are the anti-government types who rage that since government in their view can do nothing right they oppose giving any more money for transportation. Simple no known-nothingism.

Then there is Steve Brown and his fear mongering about "regionalism" whatever that is. Something that leads to "stateism" or federalism" I guess.

Then there are the other fear mongerers who shout "here comes MARTA" so all Fayette citizens should cringe in fear and then rise up and oppose any sign of mass transit, ignoring any benefits public transit would mean to Fayette County residents.

Now we have an "Agenda 21" reason to oppose T-Splost--a UN take over of Fayette County!!! Soon to be followed by black helicopters and UFO sightings in our county. And maybe final proof that Elvis is alive and living in Brooks.

I am quite confident that those voting YES on T-SPLOST are not the frightened or paranoid citizens of Fayette County.

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Amen!

I agree with you, lion. I went to the Tsplost meeting and wished that more people could have been there. I've also been to Tea Party meetings - the group of "No" or CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), as someone else called it.

If you look at the list of projects that will benefit Fayette County (I-85 and 74), East Fayetteville Bypass, widening of Hwy. 54, etc., we will get more benefits than we actually put in. But the fearmongers in the Tea Party have put the fear of MARTA in the Tsplost (which is actually closet racism), and thereby scared people off. We don't have the population to support rail lines, and I seriously doubt that would ever come here.

BTW, thanks Cal for advising who you voted for. I will be sure to vote for their opponents. I used to think this paper was relatively balanced, but all I see are Tea Party columnists writing. It makes my stomach churn. I try not to read it but I sometimes have to if I need to get my heart rate up!

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Hey, KimD, have you submitted any columns to be printed? I

would assume that Cal would print any column presented that did not put them in position for a law suit.

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List of GA Cities who have joined Agenda 21 programs

Athens/Clark County
Atlanta
Decatur
Chatham County, Savannah, Tybee Island

View complete list of all members at ICLEI.org

In due time, coming to a city near you; more control, more taxes, if this TAX TSPLOST is passed.

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TSPLOST = Agenda 21 = Global UN Control??

http://www.green-agenda.com/agenda21.html

. . . . . article on Sustainable Development, Agenda 21 was the main outcome of the United Nation's Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Agenda 21 outlines, in detail, the UN's vision for a centrally managed global society. This contract binds governments around the world to the United Nation's plan for controlling the way we live, eat, learn, MOVE and communicate - all under the noble banner of saving the earth. If fully implemented, Agenda 21 would have the government involved in every aspect of life of every human on earth.

Agenda 21 spreads it tentacles from Governments, to federal and local authorities, and right down to community groups. Chapter 28 of Agenda 21 specifically calls for each community to formulate its own Local Agenda 21 . . . . . . .

PLEASE do your research readers: Is Atlanta a member of Agenda 21's organization known as ICLEI???

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