Regarding the proposed 25-mile trail, who will benefit?
1. KAIZEN Collaborative, a landscape architect company of Druid Hills, Ga, is trying to sell Coweta County residents a very expensive “trail” system, with the sales name LINC. At an estimated $800.000 per mile, that’s $20,000,000 in today’s dollars, to come out of our pocketbooks for the benefit of a few.
2. Initial expenses to residents are being hidden in a special purpose tax called SPLOST.
3. Recreationally, users would include walkers, pet owners, runners, peddle bikers, and golf cart operations. So, not only would huge construction costs be required, but “forever” maintenance and policing costs would be required, to include: a.) time to resolve conflicts between user groups; b.) regular trash, and feces removal; and c.) policing salaries to control those who would use powered vehicles, and other negatives like muggers, burglars, drug peddlers/users, potential rapists, and other criminal elements.
4. How many of the estimated (2014) 135,571 Coweta County residents would benefit from this investment on a regular basis, maybe 1,500 at most? Should 135,571 people be asked to eternally finance the pleasure of so few?
5. Wikipedia says that “A special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in the U.S.state of Georgia. It is an optional 1 percent sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of parks, schools, roads, and other public facilities. The revenue generated cannot be used towards operating expenses or most maintenance projects.”
If so, then some long-term funding for operating and maintenance expenses of the trails and bridges needs to be considered now, and not kicked down the road like our federal government likes to do. SPLOST has its place in Coweta County, but the “LINC” bridge and trail system should not be included therein.
David C. Shelby & Linda C. Shelby