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Deal wants regional transportation tax vote in November 2012, not next July

Map-making won’t be the only chore taken up by the Georgia Legislature during its special session starting Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal also wants the legislature to consider moving the date of the referendum on a regional transportation sales tax vote. The legislation adopted earlier this year scheduled that vote for July 31, 2012, but Deal wants to push it to the November general election, a spokesman for his office has confirmed.

There has been some contention that the sales tax has a better chance of passing regionwide in November with the presidential election on the line, in theory driving more Democratic voters to the polls in support of a second term for President Barack Obama when compared with a potentially lower Democratic turnout in the July primary.

However, there is also a chance that anti-tax supporters such as those in the growing Tea Party will provide plenty of votes against the regional transportation sales tax in November.

Fayette is part of the 10-county metro Atlanta region for purposes of the sales tax initiative.

The way the legislation was structured, Fayette cannot opt out of the tax, meaning that if the 1 percent sales tax is approved by an aggregate of voters regionwide, it will be enacted here even if it fails to get a 50 percent or greater approval from Fayette County voters.

The tax, if approved, would be collected for 10 years.

The chief reason for the special session is for the creation of new district lines for the legislative districts, along with those used for U.S. congressional seats. That process will be undertaken based on the latest figures from the 2010 U.S. Census.



Woody's picture

I can only imagine that Gov. Deal wants the vote moved to same date as the Presidential election to insure the biggest turnout of the moocher class in the moocher counties that will use the moocher mass transit. Fayette, of course, got the short end of the deal.

<b><a href="http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/regional-transportati... transportation list approved</b></a>

<cite>Five mayors and county commissioners from across the Atlanta region made history on Monday, agreeing unanimously on a $6.14 billion list of transportation projects to be built across 10 counties, and paid for by the region as a whole if approved in a 2012 referendum. ....

<cite>For some voters, that seems unlikely. Monday morning, about 20 tea party members gathered in the Capitol, many from Fayette County, to lambaste the transportation tax, and efforts that are under way to move the 2012 referendum vote from the July primary to the November general election.

<cite>"They want to skew the outcome," said Debbie Dooley, one of their leaders. Dooley added that she would consider the tax proposal only if the portion going toward mass transit were 25 percent or less. The portion approved in the draft Monday is about 55 percent, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission. ....

<cite>What’s on the list - Fayette County: Widening Ga. 85 from Bernhard Road to Grady Avenue, $24 million</cite>

Wow! $24 million out of $6.14 billion! What a deal!

So 24 million is all Fayette gets, huh?

You know better!

The improvements at 74/I-85 will help Fayette more than any other county!

Half-stories are always devious!

Woody's picture

Look, you can increase the amount of road work reported for Fayette County by ten times and it's still a pittance. We're talking about over $6 billion for all the projects and our share, no matter how you want to add it, is nothing. At least they could give us enough to erect security check points at the county lines with Fulton and Clayton counties, as that would reduce traffic on our roads along with crime.

The SPLOST money is to be distributed over the 10 years according to taxes collected in that county!

When compared to Gwinnett or Fulton or Atlanta our 90,000 doesn't get so much due to lack of purchases.

This is not rocket science you get according to sales tax collected.
However, some of the expenditures are for the benefit of all and will be done for the overriding need.

Congress needs to do more of "overriding need." Going back 100 years as the TEAS wish is not the answer.

Woody's picture

Great! If they don't want to distribute more highway funds to Fayette because of our lower population, ignoring land area to be covered, then don't drive through our county for your greater good.

If we get less because our population is less, then let us just keep the taxes we generate...or, better yet, don't increase the sales tax at all. Why co-mingle all the money just to hand it back -- less handling charges, of course?

Because Fayette County would never build a road anywhere if the federal government didn't pay for most of it! They wouldn't even pass the SPLOST to build it!

If you think they have, name one road they paid for entirely!

This county would still be in 1940 if not forced to improve.

hutch866's picture

And yet the county is building the WFB, kind of blows your argument out of the water.

I yam what I yam

yes it is being built but where is the money coming from?

hutch866's picture

SPLOST money, I know you remember the SPLOST, you never saw a tax you didn't like.

I yam what I yam

BHH's picture

of whether Fayette county participates or not.

End of story.


Let someone else do it!

BHH's picture

Someone else already has the tax money and the plan to do it.

All we will buy for our millions is the opportunity to sit at the table and think we have made something different happen than will take place without us.


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