Readers' views on adding fee for trauma care

Editor's note: Our Wednesday editorial endorsed amendment two on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot to add a $10 yearly fee to our vehicle tag bills to improve trauma care in Georgia. Here is a sampling of readers' comments on the issue. The comments were posted on our times-herald.com website. -- Those who are against this fee are not necessarily against trauma care. The thing is, we as Georgians are taxed beyond belief -- 6 percent state income tax, real estate property tax, in Coweta 7 percent sales tax, vehicle tag "fee" plus ad valorem tax on your vehicle and, starting in 2012, a transportation sales tax. If we keep going we won't have enough money to live, so who would need trauma care. -- This is exactly what is wrong with this country. You have no right to take my money at the point of a gun just because you think it's a public safety net. I am responsible for my own actions. -- It seems to me some of the people who don't want to pay fees or taxes for projects that are collectively used need to wake up. In the blink of an eye you -- yes you -- can be in need of trauma care. ... Truth is, most of you are one accident, one tornado or one flood from financial ruin. Collective public safety nets are designed to help everyone. Those safety nets will catch you when you need them.
-- Yes. Let's swap the $20 emission inspection fee for a $10 trauma fee. I will vote for that. -- Let's do trauma care like Georgia does emissions fees for vehicles. There are 45 counties required to have emissions checks. Other counties don't pay an emissions fee. Let's require middle and South Georgia counties be taxed a trauma fee because they are not close to a trauma center. -- I support the increase on a vehicle tag to pay for this needed care. -- No new fees. -- Haven't we learned by now that government can't be trusted with our money? -- I'll vote to add $10 to my tag fees if they will stop the ad valorum tax we pay on vehicles and eliminate the new specialty tag fee of $35. Enough already. -- No matter what safety precautions we take, we never know where life-threatening trauma will strike. Georgia needs a stronger, more evenly distributed trauma program. The amendment prohibits use of fees for anything other than trauma -- $10 a year is a cheap price to pay to save lives. Don't let lack of trust of our legislators cloud your vision for a safer Georgia. -- No. -- No thanks. Didn't the Governor's Office of Highway Safety create the super speeder law for this very thing? -- I would vote "yes." -- Cut pork waste before asking us to pay more. -- No, we don't need to add $10 to vehicle tags for trauma care. We need to cut state waste on political pork projects like Sonny's highway at Bonaire, Sonny's million dollar fishing pond and other pork projects. Use that money for trauma care. Our government has enough money, the problem is allocation. -- Make this an optional check off on the vehicle tag renewal. Georgia needs to stop taking money from people who may not be able to afford it or don't want to support it. -- If you vote for the additional tag fee to fund trauma care they will just reduce the state funding even more. This is a tax for the state treasury, not for trauma care.


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