I just read the following FB comment about why someone is going to vote NO on the July 31st Tax Referendum. This seems so short-sighted and ridiculous to me.
I don’t trust these particular people with the extra tax that they would get from us. Remember the vote on the toll road? It was promised that the road would stopped being tolled once it was paid for. It was paid for years ago, yet we continue paying. Where does that money go? How about paying for more roads with the millions of extra dollars that we give them for driving on a road that we’ve already paid for??
"These particular people" are a group of local elected officials; mixed parties, mixed backgrounds, but ALL for the advancement of Georgia. And seriously… did that $0.50 cent toll just kill your budget? The toll IS ending in 2013, and the current republican governor is a big reason why, and he is also in support of this tax. And I’m pretty sure the "extra" money from the toll road went to maintain the toll road as well as the rest of the roads we currently drive on.
Atlanta’s Transportation Referendum vote is making national news. I read this article just now in the NYT and this is the most ridiculous quote I’ve ever read:
“His pet project is the Atlanta BeltLine, so he’s included the BeltLine,” he said. “The BeltLine goes nowhere, and it’s not going to do anything to help the real gridlock of Atlanta. It’s pure pork.”
– John Sherman of the Fulton County Taxpayers Foundation, about Mayor Kasim Reed.
The BeltLine is going to be a HUGE part of Atlanta’s future, and the T-SPLOST vote will help. Can you imagine actually being able to walk from neighborhood to neighborhood instead of getting in the car to drive a block to the Kroger because its too unsafe to walk there? Even those in the suburbs will be able to take advantage of the light rail. You drive into town and leave your car in one spot and walk or take rail from place to place.
Also, its ridiculous to say that the BeltLine goes nowhere. It connects so many parts of Atlanta that are separated by poor transportation. Its like saying I-285 goes nowhere…
Im just having a hard time understanding why anyone would oppose this bill.