Today I proudly voted NO, to both of our county’s E-SPLOST, and our region’s T-SPLOST. I have many reasons for voting this way on both.
E-SPLOST’s NO vote is because I entirely disagree with the way our county manages it’s current school system, including the demolition and rebuilding of a number of schools. We neglect them, so that in X years, we need to demolish it and build one that costs twice what renovation would cost in the name of the safety of our children. Yeah right.
T-SPLOST’s NO vote is because of a number of reasons. First off, a 10-year tax? No thank you. That right there should have been reason enough for it to have gained a NO vote. If you’re confident in your projects, your studies, etc., then it should have been a yearly tax that is renewed so that the constituents could have a chance to reevaluate the projects and decide for themselves whether it’s worth their money or not. Another reason is the way GDOT went about the whole referendum. The percentage of match is based on whether it gets put up for vote, as well as how it gets voted. So we’re going to punish those that vote it down. Really?! Another reason is because it’s a tax that hits the middle & lower classes the most, yet the upper class receives their shield as usual. It adds 1% tax to all of our necessities, food, etc., and gives that shield to those that regularly purchase their big ticket items by exempting purchases of $5,000.
The special interests and corruption are rampant in our governments, from the Federal Government all the way down to the local, and it’s time that we quit giving blank checks, stand up, and hold our elected officials accountable.
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