Would you sell your soul for a penny? Would you condemn your neighbor to eternal debt for a penny?
Here is a quick history lesson that could become the future of Georgia’s residents if T-SPLOST is passed and a possible alternative if politicians and interest groups insist on proceeding with this folly.
My wife and I moved to Georgia from New Jersey about seven years ago. It is amazing to note the same arguments being put forth by proponents of this current T-SPLOST were used years ago by New Jersey politicians in the name of progress and government financial need.
First, it was a modest sales tax of 2 or 3 percent that would solve our problems. That did not work. So an income tax was passed by politicians as a fiscal fix. That did not work.
The next step was to increase the percentages of these taxes; all the while, local municipalities were increasing property taxes. The end result was a state with the highest taxes in the nation and the taxpayer having nothing to show for it except more debt. Another tax increase was always needed because spending always exceeded revenues.
Do not succumb to the enchanting voices of the political Sirens. They will lure you into an ever-escalating tax driven quagmire with promises that cannot be kept except for the constant need for more of your money.
I have this modest alternative proposal for these Sirens of taxation to consider. If these projects are so important, Sen. Butch Miller could introduce legislation to dedicate 1 cent of the state’s current sales tax to be allocated to these projects for the next 10 years. It will raise the same amount of revenue but not raise taxes. It would be a simple reallocation of funds by law.
This may cause Sen. Miller and the state legislature take a closer look at the real need for these projects (which they should have done in the first place) and do some genuine budget balancing. I think Sen. Miller is on the wrong side of this issue.