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View Poll Results: Do you agree with having a 1 cent sales tax in Mecklenburg county to speed up light rail constructio
Yes 17 62.96%
No 8 29.63%
Not sure 2 7.41%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-30-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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How many of you are in favor of having a 1 cent sales tax to speed up light rail construction?

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Old 12-30-2008, 12:15 PM
 
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As I don't live near any planned Lynx line, I'd just be paying more taxes for the benefit of people in other neighborhoods. Sorry, NO.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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As I don't live near any planned Lynx line, I'd just be paying more taxes for the benefit of people in other neighborhoods. Sorry, NO.
Hopefully the 1 cent tax could expand the current plan to more neighborhoods (yours included). If it did that, would you vote yes?
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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If you are in favor of raising money to pay for light rail expansion, how about you start a private foundation to raise the money? Forcing folks who have never and most likely will never use mass transit in Charlotte to pay for it is immoral.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:45 PM
 
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Nope.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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If you are in favor of raising money to pay for light rail expansion, how about you start a private foundation to raise the money? Forcing folks who have never and most likely will never use mass transit in Charlotte to pay for it is immoral.
Spoken like a true Libertarian

But let my ask you a serious question...if this 1 cent tax would allow more people to use the light rail and take them off the roads and interstates, wouldn't this be a GOOD thing for all of us overall?

It's the same thing as the principal behind free public education that we all have to pay taxes for - society as a whole benefits so why shouldn't the whole society help pay for it, even if you don't have kids or your kids are grown?
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:53 PM
 
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Spoken like a true Libertarian

But let my ask you a serious question...if this 1 cent tax would allow more people to use the light rail and take them off the roads and interstates, wouldn't this be a GOOD thing for all of us overall?

It's the same thing as the principal behind free public education that we all have to pay taxes for - society as a whole benefits so why shouldn't the whole society help pay for it?

^^ Kind of like how everybody who pays taxes are helping to fund schools ..... even those of us without children.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:54 PM
 
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Hopefully the 1 cent tax could expand the current plan to more neighborhoods (yours included). If it did that, would you vote yes?
No. At the rate these projects go, I'll be retired or laid-off before I had a chance to use it. I vote for public servants to manage the money the city brings in now, not to have them think up new ways to take more of my money away.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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If I could use the lightrail to travel between University/Lake area to uptown/southend before I retire, then I'll pay an extra 1c tax... But I don't think this will happen do to poor budgeting and planning that goes on around clt. Right now it's easier for me to drive to where the light rail goes then to walk to it and ride it. But if It could get to and from the university area w/o driving in rush hour then I'm all for it.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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Ideally the thing to do would be to increase fares until the project is paid for and then drop the fares back. Ask anyone who knows anything about the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway tolls how that worked out.
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