Atlanta Voters overwhelmingly reject a sales tax meant to fund transportation and infrastructure repair

by Colonel on August 1, 2012

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“Metro Atlanta voters on Tuesday voted to defeat a sales tax measure which would have raised more than $8 billion to build new roads, transit lines, and local transportation fixes including bike lanes and new streetscapes throughout the 10-county metro region. According to initial vote tallies, nearly 70 percent of voters gave the tax a thumbs down.

Rather than dwell on why the referendum failed to pass, however, supporters including Mayor Kasim Reed and business leaders promised to continue trying to address the metro region’s notorious gridlock and lack of mobility options.

Everything will be on the table, said the mayor, who appeared in good spirits despite seeing a ballot measure he invested so much energy into go down in flames. But he stressed that stakeholders need “a bigger table”. In addition, elected officials and opponents need to boost the public’s trust.” — Thomas Wheatley, Copyright 2012 Creative Loafing Atlanta

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