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Penny Sales Tax

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Updated: 7/31/2012 6:48 pm
Voters in Georgia are casting their ballot on a penny sales tax.  The additional cent would fund transportation projects across the state. Supporters of the tax say it will add jobs and ease road congestion. Voter Trevor Readdick says, "I'm for it. It's the lesser of the two evils. No body wants a one percent tax, but it's a better alternative than raising gas prices which would only be a temporary alternative." Others say they just think its a fair way to raise money. Voter Nicole Cheeks says, "The tax will be evenly spread Upon the population versus concentrated on property owners.  However, other Camden County families disagree. They say it's just a waste of their money. Elias Herrin Jr. says, "I'm against the penny tax because with the economy like it is this day and time, I feel like the ppl of the state of Georgia have paid enough tax." "One of the main reasons for me being opposed is the fact that's it's going to be implemented for 10 years and I think that's an awful long time," says voter Judy Pratt. The tax is already stirring up controversy because its the heftiest tax proposal in state history. And some don't think it's fair to have to pay when the majority of the money won't be used in their own backyard. Voter Jennifer Carver says, "I'm opposed to it because a large percentage if it is going to be going to Atlanta. And there's only a small percentage going to Camden county." If passed in all 12 regions, the tax would generate more than $18 billion to pay for transportation projects state wide over the next decade.
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