T-SPLOST Vote On Tuesday

July 29, 2012 12:00 AM
T-SPLOST Vote On Tuesday
" ATLANTA (WAOK/WXIA/AJC)-Just a few days remain 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. "

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