The 10 county Atlanta Region (3) rejects the transportation sales tax referendum in a landslide 63% to 37% – as well as 8 other regions. Three (3) regions say YES.
Go to the AJC.com page for the full results.
Thank you for voting!
Reblogged this on The Life in Exile and commented:
For those of you outside of Atlanta and Georgia, this was a MAJOR victory for the taxpayers! It can be heralded as such across the country. Not to bore you with details, but basically the voters rejected a 1 penny ADDITIONAL sales tax to fund transportation infrastructure in the region. As you may well know, Atlanta traffic can be a logistical nightmare..anytime..day or night. However, government officials, along with major corporate and state backers could not convince the voters to entrust them with the over $8 BILLION it was said the tax would raise over a 10 year period..Imagine that!…A lack of trust in government officials and bureaucrats! Fortunately, common sense prevailed. A vague, poorly constructed plan also led to the referendum’s defeat. Many regional governments were not exactly sure WHAT they would do with the additional tax dollars. One thing most who voted against it could agree on..after 10 years, it’s doubtful we would have seen much difference in Atlanta traffic and it would have been money completely wasted. Something many Georgia officials are quite adept at! Those that orchestrated the tax and the way it was presented to the voters basically lied to us. The wording on the BALLOT read as if it was a campaign advertisement…claiming to “create jobs” and “reduce traffic congestion”! This wording was ON THE BALLOT! Hopefully this sort of dishonesty will be continued to brought to the attention of the public eye. The Secretary of State’s office should be ashamed of their actions in this matter!
In the end, most Georgians stood up and said “NO!” They’ve come to realize government cannot continue to operate in the manner it has been for far too long. Let’s hope such sentiment continues in November with a repudiation of Barack Obama and his failed policies!
Ok. So take a victory lap and celebrate today, but tomorrow we’ll still have traffic congestion. I’d like to see the opposition’s plan for traffic improvements, and I want to compare it to the TSplost plan…..both in priority projects and funding mechanisms. And for those who say transportation and economic development are not linked, ha ha, go ask your business community that question and see if you get a lot of eyes rolling.
We still have traffic congestion… bottom line. My problem with TSPLOST wasn’t that it was a sales tax – - I would pay a 2% sales tax if TSPLOST was a good solution. But it wasn’t. It was mostly buses and roadway construction. What needs to happen is an true expansion of MARTA….an expansion that goes all the way up to Alpharetta, Cobb County through Roswell, with many tributaries through the main business sections in Atlanta. We need to make it affordable and fast so it makes sense for people to take the train instead of driving 2 hours in congestion every morning. White suburbanites are scared if this because they think the thug culture will infiltrate their neighborhoods with MARTA (yeah, I said it). That lie couldn’t be further from the truth and this is a ridiculous reason not to do what’s best for the city (I’m a white female, btw – who lived walking distance to MARTA for many years). Atlanta is growing bigger like a New York, Paris, London – - – an expansion of MARTA would be the only TSPLOST I would vote for.
Try looking at the larger hubs in the country and their rail/commuter system. Boston has commuter rails running through some of the countries wealthiest cities. Wellesley, Newton, Weston Ma. just to name a few and it has been for many years. All with out the bad element hopping a commuter rail to come reak havoc in an upscale suburban neighborhood and then commute back to the city. Yeah! someone is going to ride the commuter rail break into homes and ride back with flat screen TV’s in their laps. Get real and get going Atlanta and expand MARTA.
Thank goodness this was defeated! I’m sick to death of having my sales taxed increased every couple of years for dubious projects. I’ve lived in Atlanta for a long time and I’ve seen several transportation improvement projects. All of them were touted to be necessary to “relieve traffic congestion.” In reality, all of them made matters worse.
Reading your comments truly shows how uneducated voters can ruin something that can help the state economy. This statewide program included MARTA projects, GRTA projects, GDOT projects. In as bad shape as we were yesterday, we are in worse shape today. The program would have created jobs, now watch for the layoffs. This wasn’t just about transportation but about economic development also. Think the roads and transit are bad, wait until there is no money to fix, maintain or expand them. Jobs from materials manufactured, construction jobs, advertising, real estate, utilities companies, jobs from a new Marta extension, etc. Congratulations….thinking these days, it’s time to move out of this state.
If you try to cram a lot of people into one place, you’ll have congestion no matter how many roads or how much public transit you have. That’s the price people pay for living in an area where lots of other people want to live. If the people crying about the defeat of T-Splost really WOULD move out of the state, that would do more to reduce congestion than anything else.
I have lived in Georgia my entire life, and we’ve been paying for transportation projects, many of which were promised to reduce congestion. All that happens is that you increase congestion while the construction is happening, which often takes years. After it’s complete, things are somewhat better – for awhile. Then when the traffic is lighter and the roads are making a little more sense, developers want to come in and build a lot more subdivisions and apartments and lots more strip malls (even while existing strip malls in an area may have plenty of vacancy), greedy governments get stars in their eyes dreaming of the new tax revenue possibilities and approve it all, and then we are right back where we started. So we have used eminent domain to push out longtime residents, we have a lot more road to maintain, and still traffic, and the calls to widen and build more roads start anew. That’s not progress, that’s a cycle of stupidity.
Your scare tactics don’t work, Peach. Only a fool would trust the government in this state with 8 BILLION DOLLARS! If you read the papers, you would realize that unfortunately Georgia is one of the most corrupt states in the US.
The main reason this tax failed was the GA400 toll debacle. End of story.
I am relieved the measure was defeated. I am concerned whenever politicians increase taxes while there are current procedures in place; namely, excise tax and gasoline tax. These two taxes should be the ONLY approved method for collecting money for transportation purposes.
I too am happy to see this bill struck down. I knew it wasn’t viable and the public wouldn’t take any more of this mucking around with our hard-earned dollars. I personally, as a person of African descent, was disgusted by the amount of racial politics that was allowed to enter the marketing of this ponzy-scheme.
What jobs? More low-wage customer servitude jobs that you try to bait the rest of Atlanta’s 20-30 y.o.s like at Reed-Jackson International Airport?
Come with real solutions. The government works for US- not the other way around! You will listen the opinions of your citizens and you will heed their request, otherwise you will be voted away with!
[...] in District 57. My opponent was on the wrong side of the recent Transportation Investment Act, or TSPLOST as it became popularly known. Along with many other neo-liberals of her Democratic ilk, Ms. Gardner [...]
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