ATLANTA (WAOK/WXIA/AJC)-Just a day away before the vote is tallied on the transportation special purchase local option sales tax or T-SPLOST. The vote happens on Tuesday, July 31st.
As we draw near to election day both supporters and opponents are rallying full force to persuade you to vote for or against the measure.
A majority of voters oppose the regional transportation referendum that will be on Tuesday’s ballot, according to an exclusive poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Fifty-one percent of voters polled this past week in the 10-county Atlanta region said they would reject the 1 percent sales tax, which would fund $7.2 billion worth of road, rail and bus projects. The main project list was negotiated last year by a panel of 21 mayors and county commissioners from across the region.
Forty-two percent of the poll respondents favored the tax, with 7 percent undecided. According to referendum experts, undecided voters on a tax measure often wind up taking the safe course and voting no.
At a rally Saturday at Centennial Olympic Park, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, and Norcross Mayor and transportation regional roundtable Chairman Bucky Johnson, spoke about the importance of passage of the tax. Many said passing the T-SPLOST would be as important to the city’s future as the moment Atlanta won the 1996 Olympic games.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, led one of about 20 teams taking their anti-T-SPLOST message door to door in south Fulton and south DeKalb reminding voters that Fulton and DeKalb counties already pay a penny sales tax for MARTA, unlike Gwinnett, Cobb and others. And he said black contractors don’t receive a fair shake from the state Department of Transportation.
The Georgia chapter of the Sierra Club, the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, a Republican from Woodstock, and John Evans, the DeKalb County NAACP president are all against the tax referendum.
The 1% tax will fund billions of dollars worth of transportation projects over the next 10 years.
Here’s the full list of the 157 T-SPLOST projects, so you can see if any of them would actually help your commute. Click on any of the colored lines to see the purpose and cost of each project.