Davis Transportation Tax, TSPLOST, is coming up for a vote in July. Readers know I am not for Davis’ potential 14.3% sales tax increase mainly because in 2013 Henry County will vote on its special local optional sales tax (SPLOST) that is set to expire in 2014.
The county SPLOST will raise the exact same revenue the new Davis transportation tax will foster. Every road project on the list Henry would receive from the new Davis tax can be done with the 2013 vote. Why do we need an additional new tax is beyond me.
Davis, the only Henry County Republican incumbent that voted for his potential tax increase TSPLOST said prior to his yes vote commuter rail does not work. We were wasting our money on commuter rail that it won’t work in Georgia -yet his vote will fund commuter rail projects.
PolitiFact of the AJC weighed in on this very issue, did Georgia legislators break their pledge to the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) when they voted for the Transportation Investment Act. Davis made a huge to do out of being the only candidate to sign the pledge in his mail pieces during the last election cycle. Davis claimed to be a no tax increase advocate and would continue to fight for us. Most likely Davis will continue his rants about cutting taxes and keeping his word, however he might need to read up on what he actually did.
See PolitiFact went to the source, the ATR and asked questions about this very subject.
“We asked Norquist whether Georgia lawmakers who’ve spoken in favor of the referendum have violated the pledge they’ve signed. “It does violate the pledge,” he said. “It’s a rather significant tax increase.” AJC PolitiFact
“The problem for lawmakers who signed the pledge is it specifically states “that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”
The T-SPLOST is an increase in the sales tax. There are no cuts to make it revenue-neutral. Deal Davis gets a Full Flop.” AJC PolitiFact
Government has an insatiable appetite for tax revenue. We have had some difficult times with the economy of Obama where communities have been hit hard with falling home values. Here in Henry, the Board of Commissioners has a $10 million dollar hole to fix. Not one sitting commissioner other than Brian Preston offered a solution on how to fix the deficit without placing it on the backs of home owners.
The increased county budget Bowman, Holder, and Stamey passed comes with a price and most likely it will cost homeowners another 2 mil increase. None of the commissioners have signed the ATR pledge. Preston would be the only Republican to not to have broken it if they had signed.
With the likelihood of our property taxes going up, Davis putting us in with 9 other counties that can raise our sales taxes, and now we get the new Davis toll road to go to work on, where’s it going to stop? Davis keeps adding new ways to get into our bank accounts.
We cannot think that taxing ourselves out of this mess is the right way to go. The trillions of dollars the Obama administration has put us in debt in has yet to make this economy be healthy. If it is not good for our federal government how can it be good for our local pockets?
Davis broke his pledge not to raise taxes. He tells us we are wasting money on commuter rail but votes for it. Davis brings us his toll road and his transportation tax and wants your vote to continue the charade. We can do better than to return Davis to Atlanta. It is why I volunteer in Dale Rutledge’s campaign and am not going to vote for Davis’ TSPLOST.