ARC preps county for 1¢ regional transportation tax

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix. Photo/John Munford.

A briefing on a plan to implement a regional 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects will be presented to the Fayette County Commission Wednesday (Sept. 1) at 3:30 p.m. The information will be presented by the Atlanta Regional Commission, which plays the role of principal regional planner for the 10-county metro Atlanta region which includes Fayette County.

This year the Georgia legislature approved putting the regional sales tax up for a region-wide vote for voters to consider in July 2012. In that referendum, as long as the SPLOST is approved by a majority of voters in the entire region, Fayette and other counties will be forced to participate in the SPLOST even if Fayette votes the initiative down.

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix will serve as Fayette’s representative on the “regional roundtable,” which is a collaboration of local governments in the region that will devise the priority projects to be funded with the SPLOST revenue should the measure be approved by voters.

Haddix said he will seek input on the projects from the mayors of each municipality in Fayette County along with the county commission.

In addition to working through Haddix, Fayette’s municipalities and the county, along with state legislators, will be able to submit regional transportation projects for consideration by the state’s transportation planning director.

The final list of regional SPLOST projects to be voted on will be finished by an executive committee of the regional roundtable.

Funding for the projects will be contingent upon voter approval in a referendum in July 2012.

In that referendum, as long as the SPLOST is approved by a majority of voters in the entire region, Fayette and other counties will be forced to participate in the SPLOST even if the entire county votes the initiative down.

Any potential regional project with Coweta won’t be eligible for the funding because Coweta and Fayette are in different regions, Haddix said.

Fayette County is part of the Atlanta Regional Commission while Coweta County is part of the Three Rivers Regional Commission.

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Regional regional splost splost

Paragraph 2: "Fayette and other counties will be forced to participate in the SPLOST even if Fayette votes the initiative down."

Paragraph 8: "Fayette and other counties will be forced to participate in the SPLOST even if Fayette votes the initiative down."

Normally I would assume a sentence repeated twice in a front page story was just a small-town newspaper production error. But given Cal's increasingly obvious agenda, I'm not so sure. Well, you get what you pay for...

Anyway, this is a regional vote, not a county one. The fact that Fayette will be subject to the outcome is no different than in any statewide, national or congressional district election.

As someone below pointed out, the GOP-dominated statehouse approved this, Gov. Sonny Bubba signed it, and it was strongly backed by big bidniz, which fears that metro Atlanta's traffic has become a deterrent to economic growth.

But hey, if you don't like the tax idea, vote no. That's why there's an election. And if it does pass and you can't stomach the idea of Fayette residents helping fund regional traffic improvements, move. Just leave early to beat rush hour...

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Dear Mayor Haddix

The economy and the voters are speaking loudly. You have a good heart and good intentions but it is time to listen to the voters and to the squeezing grinding sound of our economy and stop trying to raise more money through taxes. You, and we, cannot have it all. Manage the revenue you have well and set the priorities. If you want more roads then we have to have less recreation, firemen, policemen, and pay for civil servants.

It is time to be a public servant not a Robin Hood. We have enough of that nonsense in Washington.

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July 2012, Mark It On Your Calendar

When July 2012 rolls around, I hope all Fayette County residents will remember exactly who our local officials were who got us involved in this thing. It was Jack Smith and Ken Steele.

We all need to start writing our local officials right now. We need to keep the letters going to our new Fayette County Commission and to PTC Mayor Don Haddix. They will be representing the citizens wishes.

We need to make sure our State Reps., Sens., and new Governor know how we feel about "taxation without representation." It only takes a very few minutes to write a paragraph. A lot can be said in a few choice words. If we sit back and do nothing, the folks who want this tax will move forward with lightning speed. Most of these guys want to be reelected.

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ROAD APPLES...

Fayette and other counties will be forced to participate in the SPLOST even if Fayette votes the initiative down.
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I DON'T THINK SO....

This is taxation without representation on its face.
We didn't elect the ARC...
These collectivists are NOT directly accountable to the voters of any jurisdiction.

And we should challenge the Legislation that authorized this extraordinary boondoggle... UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

The New American Scenario:
We vote NO NEW TAXES by overwhelming majority -- and get taxed anyway?

NOPE... NOPE.... & NOPE!!

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Sour Apples? U elected 'em

The Gov is Repug. The state Hse is Repug. The state Sen is Repug. The Fayet. county com is Repug. And you have a problem w/ this? Where is that SpearRoadApple guy w/ his mantra of who to vote for? You are doomed. They set you up to have to pay for what they didn't have the guts to take of all these years....Rapid/Mass transit for obviously 1 of the fastest growing METRO areas in the USA. Hey but Sonny is leaving into retire. w/ a large stake in valuable property w/ state paid fuel tax road improvements & 4 + million $ in land around Orlando thanks to a poli-tick appt to a state board that I bet has close ties to Westmoron. What do you have to complain about? The sales tax hurts the poor the most that actually have to spend their money on daily needs.

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Hope is Rail

My guess is w/ your short "sited" anti-rail/rapid transit (U call it MARTA) attitude, the SPLOSH will fund rail to Hampton-Lovejoy looking to extend to Macon for a connection to ATL airport. I bet they won't even say "Thank You!" Years to come Fayette residents will be sitting waiting to git on/off in Fairburn. All the time wondering where that exit for the Splash funded WFATe-Bye is, "It must be somewhere around the end of this road. They built it & we have come." Join the Sierra Club, become enlightened.

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Don Haddix
John Munford wrote:

In that referendum, as long as the SPLOST is approved by a majority of voters in the entire region, Fayette and other counties will be forced to participate in the SPLOST even if the entire county votes the initiative down.

Well, it must be fair. After all, the majority of PTC poll takers are against gas golf carts.

Are you starting to see the big picture, Mayor Haddix?

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ARC preps county for 1¢ regional....

transportation tax.....to fund another county's public transportation system.

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For Crying Out Loud!

Just what we need in the midst of the 'mother of all recessions' is another tax. Further, to add to our misery we have Don Haddix, an avowed proponent of SPLOST, as our county representative to the ARC which will ultimately prioritize those projects that are to be funded.

Does any elected official understand that for every gallon of gas purchased in the state of Georgia, nearly 50 cents is allocated for 'road' taxes? What the hell is being done with the money already being paid? Surely, it's not another ponzi scheme like Social Security, or is it? Perhaps those TEA Party folks need to get involved and make this but a pipe dream for those who continue to squander the tax revenue currently being provided.

Perhaps we will be lucky and this thing will be voted down by the entire region. After all we still believe in Santa Claus, don't we?

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Government Gets Enough Money (our money) ALREADY

it is a simple point - you already get enough of our money. make the tough decisions. prioritize your expenditures and when you run out of money - GO HOME and rest. the current recession is a good reason but even without it they should not come back to the taxpayers and ask for one penny more.

It Is Time for Leadership from our elected officials. Manage our state, counties and cities and stop taxing us more. Your job is to SERVE not to RULE.

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Thanks Mike

Our poliTICKians are as addicted to Other People's Money as are those who are career welfare addicts. Much like Obama... they campaign as Conservatives and govern like Democrats. Oh well.... it is all so predictable.

Simply put regarding this issue: We can't afford to spend this money and expect the citizens of Fayette County to not suffer. We are not the high income / free wheeling discretionary spending mecca we were 5 years ago. PoliTICKians as described above should check out the foreclosure rates in High Point and Whitewater and then try to convince us that we need our taxes raised another 1% for their pet projects. It is time to hold off until better times until we as nation stabilize the economic situation we are suffering through.

We need to continue to insist that governments live within their means. Instead of raiding our incomes at an alarming and increasing rate.

Oh well.... Look the leaders we have. In doing so, none of this surprises me a bit.

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