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I plan to vote no on the constitutional amendment to fund new trauma centers by adding a $10 tax onto each automobile each year.
This is simply not the time to add $80 million to Georgians' tax burden.
Adding trauma centers is certainly something that the Georgia legislature should consider. Maybe it will find a way to help the communities that are not close to a trauma center develop their own without taxing the communities that already have them.
There is also a concern about adding another bureaucracy with its hands in the taxpayers' pockets to the tune of $80 million a year with no direct oversight by elected officials.