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Old 09-30-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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MARTA's ready... but is Gwinnett County?

This isn't actually that great of an article, writing wise, but it's got some nuggets of information buried.

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Snyder, who has launched a GoFundMe page to support the effort, himself has lived in Florida and Pennsylvania. New folks, he said, “are coming from areas that have concentrated mass transit and don’t want to be forced to use their vehicles … they’re accustomed to it and that’s what they’re looking for.” In addition, he said, lack of transit is starting to hinder employees and employers from linking up with each other.
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Another business group, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, which sits on both sides of I-85 just inside the county, are just finishing the analysis of some 4,000 answers to the recent Gr8 Exchange survey on transportation. Joel Wascher, the CID’s communications director, says he thinks there’s a fair amount of support for options.
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“There’s been no official dialog” between MARTA and Gwinnett, Krisak said.

Meanwhile, Gwinnett is busy asking its voters for a penny for education this year, and perhaps another for other infrastructure next year.

The commission decides what’s on the ballot. A county spokesman said Chair Charlotte Nash was working, then on vacation last week, so could not talk to Creative Loafing. But Nash did tell the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in April this year that MARTA would be divisive and she “is not ready to say we’re going to tear this community apart by calling a referendum on that.”
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About 63 percent of likely voters in Gwinnett would like to see MARTA expand into their county, according to a March poll by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. But only 50 percent would approve the penny for it, according to the same poll. With a margin of error of 4.4 percent, that’s no guaranteed majority.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Vinings
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So 13% of the polled sample were saying, what exactly? "Yes, let's join MARTA but let's also not pay for it with the 1% tax?" Huh? Doesn't even make sense. Should have been one and the same question.
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Old 09-30-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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Meanwhile, Gwinnett is busy asking its voters for a penny for education this year, and perhaps another for other infrastructure next year.
I can understand the reluctance of taxpayers to keep taking another penny out of every dollar.

You've only got 100 pennies total, so if you keep peeling them off for this and that, before long there's not much left.
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Old 09-30-2015, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Prescott, AZ
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I can understand the reluctance of taxpayers to keep taking another penny out of every dollar.

You've only got 100 pennies total, so if you keep peeling them off for this and that, before long there's not much left.
Well, i'm pretty sure they're asking for SPLOSTS, which means that it's not that you have only 100cents that you take a penny from.

It's that you have 100cents spent that then have 8 or 7 cents added onto it depending on the sales tax rate.

I don't like sales taxes either, and would much rather a progressive tax structure for our needs, but Georgia isn't a state that thinks like that, so I'll take what I can get when it comes to funding public needs.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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So 13% of the polled sample were saying, what exactly? "Yes, let's join MARTA but let's also not pay for it with the 1% tax?" Huh? Doesn't even make sense. Should have been one and the same question.
Taxophobia. It's a symptom of 'Muricanism.
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Old 09-30-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Atlanta - Midtown
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So 13% of the polled sample were saying, what exactly? "Yes, let's join MARTA but let's also not pay for it with the 1% tax?" Huh? Doesn't even make sense. Should have been one and the same question.
My thoughts exactly
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I can understand the reluctance of taxpayers to keep taking another penny out of every dollar.

You've only got 100 pennies total, so if you keep peeling them off for this and that, before long there's not much left.
How did we pay for the Eisenhower Interstate System, all the wars, New Deal, Great Society, etc?
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Old 09-30-2015, 03:10 PM
 
Location: North Atlanta
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How did we pay for the Eisenhower Interstate System, all the wars, New Deal, Great Society, etc?
Debt.
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