ATLANTA (WAOK)- If nothing else gets voters to the polls on July 31st, the transportation special purchase local options sales tax (T-SPLOST) ought to. Officials on both sides of the issue are ramping up their efforts to get the votes needed to pass or fail the measure.
This morning Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and John Evans, President of the DeKalb County NAACP both stopped by WAOK and V-103 to talk to voters about the measure.
Evans who is against the tax told Wanda Smith, Kenny Burns and Mo Ivory this morning, “The NAACP’s reason for not wanting it (TSPLOST) is, they have been promising us rail for 20 years, and have not paid the price to do it.” Evans said citizens in DeKalb County have already been paying a penny tax along with Fulton County residents and if the T-SPLOST passes they would have to pay two cents when citizens of other counties will only pay one cent.
Shortly after Evans finished his interview, Mayor Reed a strong proponent of passage of the referendum appeared on V-103 Radio to tell voters why they need to vote for the one cent tax next Tuesday and talked about whether Evans was a knowledgeable expert on the need for the tax.
Early voting is underway this week for the T-SPLOST, Congressional Representatives, and State and Local Representatives. For a list of the proposed T-SPLOST projects go here.