If approved by a region-wide majority in the July 31 election, the 1-cent T-SPLOST is expected to raise $1.4 billion during its 10 years of collection.
The Rome Tea Party is sponsoring the event that will feature panelists Benita Dodd of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, state Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, former Floyd County commissioner Eddie Lumsden and Dalton Mayor David Pennington.
“It’s a balanced panel,” said organizer Mike Morton. “Katie and Eddie will present the ‘pro’ arguments, Benita will present both pro and con … and Mayor Pennington will present the ‘con’ side.”
Lumsden is replacing Paulding County Commissioner David Austin, who had to cancel because of a conflict. The speakers will present their points of view, followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.
“This is one of the most vital financial decisions Georgians have been asked to make, and it is imperative that you cast an informed vote on July 31,” Morton said.
The forum is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon at Burk Farm in Armuchee. A barbecue lunch will be available after the session.
Make reservations with Penny King at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Morton at 706-346-3400. Admission is free, but the Tea Party is asking for donations to defray the cost.
Burk Farm is about seven miles north of Rome, near Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. Follow the T-SPLOST directional signs from U.S. 27 North to Old Summerville Road to McGrady Road and Burk Road.
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