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Letter: We gain more than we lose from T-SPLOST

Judging from comments on the Newton Citizen and Rockdale Citizen websites, public sentiment must be running 20-to-1 against the T-SPLOST. Many people are angry about many things. Broken promises about the Ga. 400 toll booth. Unfulfilled plans for a Newton County Civic Center. Rockdale being a "donor" county. Taxes. Government. Politics. Lots of other stuff. There is plenty to be angry about. Voting against the T-SPLOST is a powerful way to express that anger. If that was all there is to it, I'd vote "No" too. Instead I'm voting "Yes," and I hope others will join me.

Some improvement is better than none. A "No" vote will leave us without the resources needed to make important improvements in the transportation system. Two years from now we'll be in the same boat, except that needs will be even greater and we'll be that much farther behind. The transportation system is a fundamental component of our economy and it affects every citizen every day. Torpedoing it to make a political point would be dramatic but counterproductive. Failure to maintain and improve our infrastructure is little different than blowing it up. Whether it crumbles over time or all at once, it is still in pieces. A "Yes" vote will not make the transportation system perfect, but will make it better.

There is more to gain than there is to lose. We work, reside, shop, worship and seek entertainment across county lines. A "No" vote on the basis of not wanting to pay for projects in other jurisdictions is kind of silly. We are all Georgians and most of us cross several county lines each day. What is there to lose in voting "Yes?" The additional tax will cost each family $10 for every $1,000 it spends on retail purchases. It will make little financial difference to any of us as individuals but makes a big impact for everyone as a community.

Neither Rockdale nor Newton can afford to vote no. There are severe penalties for counties and districts that vote against the T-SPLOST. The local match required for future transportation improvement expenses will be either 30 percent or 50 percent instead of 10 percent. So whether we vote "Yes" because we think it is the right thing to do, or because we feel we have a gun to our head, it is the only rational option.

The T-SPLOST is not perfect and will never have unanimous support. If it does pass, the implementation will be imperfect. There will likely be delays, cost overruns, and headline-grabbing cases of malfeasance. But the enduring legacy will be major infrastructure improvements that outweigh and outlive whatever mischief occurs along the way.

It is up to us as responsible stewards to exercise mature judgment even when doing so conflicts with our emotions. Please speak up and please vote "Yes" on July 31.

-- Chris Jueschke

Covington

Comments

PoolBoy 2 years, 6 months ago

+1 Very well said! Vote YES.

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PoolBoy 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't think anybody who reads these post is surprised to hear that from you. That is your right. God Bless America.

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mgh1966 2 years, 6 months ago

This is about a message not roads we want good goverment. I will not reward bad Goverment with more money. This does not work with children or politicans.

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HonestAbe 2 years, 6 months ago

This is the problem with this. No, $10 per $1000 spent may not me much for you and many others, but the problem is that when the government keep asking time and time again it keeps adding up. Maybe one of these needs to be defeated just to let them know that they have to learn to manage the government and not keep asking for more and more. I believed they are spoiled because we keep giving them this. Also remember we use to get a state homestead exemption at the state level. When the economy got bad and the homeowners needed it the most the state government took it away. If they can take something away from us in the time we need it the most than they should have to manage on less resources as well. Lastly, this has very little effect on improving local county roads. If this was for real improvement of local county roads i work look harder at supporting it. I have to say no.

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Phantom 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, we are having a gun held to our heads. The state legislature should not have included the provision of a penalty if the voters did not pass the measure. That is wrong and is telling citizens that government has all the power. DO AS WE SAY OR WE WILL PUNISH YOU. We are being told how we have to vote. I support a NO vote.

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Duster 2 years, 5 months ago

It will hurt my wallet more then it will help me. We need to slow way down, Check out our leaders, and replace them. I dont trust them with more of my money!. They get enough from me and everyone. Stop the madness. Stop this stupid spending spree that they are on. Dumb roundabouts, parks that are not needed. Fix what is there. Show me that you can handle your money. (quote from Dad) and then we might talk about more. But for now, Dont give them anything. They cannot handle it.

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HonestAbe 2 years, 5 months ago

Really think about this tax. The original plan was to widen Salem road to move the traffic already there. I could go along with this. Then it became political and special interest. It was changed to widen Salem less and Crowell road was added to the mix. The county has plans to add commercial to this area. Houses will be sold and business will go in their places. This will add more and more traffic to this area. So in real life your tax money will be used to bring more traffic and more clutter to the west side of the county. Which commissioner has a golf course that stands to benefit? Which former State governmental official and last spouse pusher has property in this area and spouse who was a school board member and stands to benefit from this?

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Frustrated 2 years, 5 months ago

The Salem Rd area is screwed up enough as it is, thanks to past commissioner and now candidate for district 5 Dimsdale and his buddies. We dont need any more businesses in that area.

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HonestAbe 2 years, 5 months ago

correction above I meant SPLOST pusher

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Silverbullet 2 years, 4 months ago

Hahahaha. Nobody gets it right. TSPLOST goes down in flames because that is what the people wanted it to do. The other option not on the ballot should have said. "Do the people of the State of Georgia want a smaller, more efficient GADOT and better roads?"

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