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Milton road improvements tied to TSPLOST


City hopes for nearly $1M yearly



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July 10, 2012
MILTON, Ga. — If the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) one percent sales tax passes July 31, Milton residents can expect nearly $1 million annually for the next 10 years to go into the city's transportation coffers.

The one project Milton has on the regional list that has to be approved by voters is the widening of Arnold Mill Road in conjunction with Cherokee County and the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta. However, every city will get an annual allocation of money for local transportation projects.

Milton city staff put together a list of 21 projects all intersection improvements they hope to complete ahead of schedule with that money.

"One of the things we wanted to look at was how we would use the discretionary funds," said Public Works Director Carter Lucas. "We can use those dollars as we see fit."

The list was compiled from various master plans the city has on which intersections need to be worked on in the near future to help with traffic flow.

With the inclusion of TSPLOST money, the timeline on those projects will be bumped up significantly.

"They were going to be worked on anyway," Lucas said of the improvements.

While the projects on the list are already on the city's radar, the particulars are being left out until funding is available. An intersection improvement might be simply lane widening or it may be a complete roundabout.

The referendum covers everything from paving roads to filling potholes, building bridges, new drainage and multi-use trails.

All projects must be completed during the 10-year lifetime of the tax.

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Editor, Milton Herald
Proposed intersection improvements using TSPLOST discretionary funding

SR 140 at New Providence Road

SR 372 at Providence Road

SR 372 (Crabapple Road/ Birmingham Hwy) Intersection Improvement

SR 140 at Cox Road

Cogburn Road at Bethany Bend

Hopewell Road/ Cogburn Road at Francis Road/ Hopewell Road

Birmingham Road at Hopewell Road

Morris Road at Deerfield Parkway

Ga. 9 at Bethany Bend

Hopewell Road at Bethany Bend/ Bethany Way/ Bethany Oaks Point

Bethany Road at Providence Road

Freemanville Road at Providence Road

Freemanville Road at Birmingham Road

Crabapple Northeast Bypass

Hopewell Road at Thompson Road/ South Thompson Road

SR 372 at Green Road

Hopewell Road at Redd Road

Bethany Bend at Morris Road/ McGinnis Ferry Road

SR 372 at Birmingham Road/ Hickory Flat Road

Hopewell Rd at Hamby Road

Crabappple Southeast Bypass

SR 140 at Ranchette Road

SR 140 at Green Road

Bethany Bend at Strickland Road
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    Money Wasted
    July 12, 2012 | 09:55 AM

    I would like to know where all the money goes from the 400 toll booth. Adding a 1% sales tax even though it seems small in such a poor economy is a stupid tax by our Government.

    How about cutting all the unnecessary Government spending first.

    Brian
    Milton
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    Go ahead and pass this...
    July 13, 2012 | 08:25 PM

    I will simply protest by making purchases online where I can, from clothes to computers and components to tech toys to appliances. I refuse to support out of control government spending on any level where I have the power to.

    Jason
    Milton
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    Money Not Wasted
    July 14, 2012 | 11:45 AM

    TSPLOST money is what helps North Fulton and North Atlanta continue to win out over other markets such as Dallas, Houston, and most other metropolitan areas in attracting new jobs. If we want to stop the flow of companies relocating to this area or slow it down, allowing infrastructure improvements to stop or decrease while other markets are aggressively improving theirs is a wonderful way to accomplish that. Our infrastructure (ga400, hartsfield, windward fibreoptics, etc) is what brought us to this party and neglecting the same is what will end the party. Sure you want to see that happen? Penny-wise and pound foolish is what voting against TSPLOST is.

    Ray
    Alpharetta
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    TSPLOST = Largest tax hike in Ga. history
    July 16, 2012 | 12:23 PM

    You touched on all the talking points nicely, but the math does not support them. I will be voting NO and encouraging anyone that wants to look at the truth to do the same. Please stop buying into what the political talking heads spout... it tends to not be very true.

    Len
    Cumming
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    TSPLOST = Largest tax hike in Ga. history
    July 16, 2012 | 12:23 PM

    You touched on all the talking points nicely, but the math does not support them. I will be voting NO and encouraging anyone that wants to look at the truth to do the same. Please stop buying into what the political talking heads spout... it tends to not be very true.

    Len
    Cumming
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    TSPLOST= YES, YES, YES, smart decision
    July 16, 2012 | 01:12 PM

    Tax increase? Get your head out of the hole in the ground. You drank too much of their cool-aid without thinking. It is basic: improve our roads and keep our growth. What part of that is confusing?

    William
    Cumming
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    You'll find out in two weeks....
    July 16, 2012 | 09:52 PM

    ...what the people think of TSPLOST. The opposition has nothing to do with not wanting to better the community. It has EVERYTHING to do with not trusting the government to say it will do what it promised to do with OUR money. DEAL WITH IT!!!

    Jason
    Milton
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    TSPLOST
    July 17, 2012 | 09:30 AM

    Anyone who votes yes on this tax has some sort of financial gain if this passes.

    Jennifer
    Alpharetta
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    Oh Jennifer....
    July 18, 2012 | 08:53 AM

    I feel bad for you. We ALL have financial benefit from it, that's the point!! You too!!

    Roger T.
    Alpharetta
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    TSPLOST JENNIFER
    July 18, 2012 | 01:21 PM

    Honestly, we all win if TSPLOST passes and we all lose if it does not. Very straight forward.

    carl t
    alpharetta
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