I attended what was billed as an “informational meeting” in Woodstock on April 26.
What occurred was four speakers in a bully pulpit telling us why we must agree to this tax increase or the Atlanta region will fall behind other cities in the USA economically.
The lady who started the presentations said that our financial problem is because of lost gas tax revenue due to increased gas mileage of new cars.
Next, she said how great things would be if we pass this tax increase because it would save fuel. That was a direct contradiction in logic and it exposed she was intent on propping up an agenda and not laying out the facts in an objective manner.
I asked, “How many traffic engineers were on the round table boards?” The lady who tried to answer took a minute to say “I don’t know.”
Chairman Buzz Ahrens answered the question, and the answer was “ZERO.”
Traffic congestion is an engineering problem. That is a fact. It is in no way a political issue. It’s math, physics, and geometry.
Georgia ranks low in these subjects already and it’s showing in the TSPLOST leadership. Politics in an engineering problem discussion are irresponsible and dishonest. The establishment politicians want to turn this massive tax increase into politics because they are good at it.
As an executive leader of the Cherokee County round table, Chairman Ahrens’ executive leadership is negligent to not have engineers on the planning board that is tasked with analyzing an engineering problem and then spending billions of tax dollars to solve the engineering problem.
They paid entrenched engineering firms to look at problem areas, then politicians decided which ones to include. That’s not how engineering problems are solved, and it’s not how our traffic issues are going to be solved either.
The informational meeting gave me the information I was looking for. The people in charge of spending billions of our tax dollars have no idea what they are doing, and I am voting NO.