What are your thoughts about T-SPLOST vote?

On July 31, when Coweta County voters go to the polls to cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic Parties' primary elections, all voters going to the polls in our county can cast a ballot on T-SPLOST, the regional sales tax referendum with money earmarked for transportation projects.
This T-SPLOST vote is being done throughout Georgia in regions. Here in Coweta, we are a member of the Three Rivers Region. That means a list of transportation projects for the 10-county Three Rivers Region has been approved by officials in the region, and voters in the region will decide on July 31 if they want to raise the current sales tax one penny on the dollar for 10 years to carry out these transportation projects.
T-SPLOST is not a renewal of a sales tax like SPLOST and EPLOST. T-SPLOST is a sales tax increase. If approved by voters, the total sales tax in Coweta County would increase from 7 cents for each dollar you spend to 8 cents for each dollar.
This is an important vote in our region and in other regions around the state. Georgia does not have enough sources of revenue for transportation currently to meet the transportation needs of the state for the next 20 years. Traffic congestion is going to get worse if our state does not generate more revenue for roads and mass transit.
That said, we are not certain T-SPLOST is the best answer as the additional stream of revenue. Would it be better to raise the state gasoline tax and put the burden on users of our roads? After all, our state gasoline tax is one of the lowest in the nation. Or is there another source of revenue that is more palatable than T-SPLOST or higher gasoline taxes?
We would like to hear our readers' thoughts on this important issue.
Please send us your ideas and comments on T-SPLOST and transportation revenue by email at editor@newnan.com or mail comments to Community Forum Page, The Newnan Times-Herald, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, Ga. 30264.


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