2/8: Will transportation tax be beneficial?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Gridlock chokes economic activity. This we know. Supporters of a 1 percent regional transportation tax say projects funded by the measure would fuel sustainable development.

Today, an executive touts its economic benefits for the Southside while a tax opponent predicts impediments to growth in that region.

Tell us what you think.

15 comments Add your comment


February 9th, 2012
11:43 am

Unless the transportation tax is earmarked almost exclusively for road building and widening it is a nonstarter. Spending more time and money on the latest trendy idea, like reversible toll lanes, just tinkers at the margins and puts us further behind the gridlock curve.

We simply have too many vehicles on too few roadways and it’s only gonna get worse.


February 8th, 2012
6:28 pm

TSplost does not cover all the costs of the projects. Local governments will have to sell bonds which will make your property tax go up. Utilities will have to put their costs into your rates because cities and counties refuse to pay their costs and its not free. Plus the cost of maintence for the new projects for years to come. By voting for “its just another penny” you are raising the costs of everything. Businesses will pass their higher taxes on to you in everything you buy.
With insurance costs going up, local and state governments needing more of your money and a federal government that is so desperate for cash……………….are you really going to give a bunch of non-elected folks this much money to waste? We have a simple solution……….move state government workers out of Atlanta. That would reduce traffic over night and would not be as expensive, plus it would give other areas of region a boost. DECENTRALIZE WORKERS, Incentivize working from home with tax deductions, give people a property tax break for living close to their job. If you live close to work, say 10 miles or less, you get a tax deduction of %50 percent.
That alone would kill the need of billions wasted with TSPLOST and we could spend it on schools.

too little time

February 8th, 2012
11:41 am

I don’t doubt that A transportation tax, put to good use, would be beneficial. I DO doubt that this list of projects will be beneficial.

Fact: Government lies and deceives. Government lied about the GA 400 tolls going away. Government deceived when they portrayed the toll lanes in I-85 as “relieving congestion”. Government WOULD have forced taxpayers to fund a huge chunk of toll lanes on I-75, then limited any other construction for 60-odd years in order to increase congestion to such an extent that many would have to use the toll lanes in order to get work at all. Government is probably lying when they say that the 50% of TSPLOST going to transit will relieve congestion in any significant way. That is a huge chunk of money to sink into projects based on the recommendation of liars.

You be the judge.


February 8th, 2012
10:58 am

The Gold Dome crowd has messed up Ga’s Transportation. They need to put just one head in charge of the DOT as it is now split. Next, in this economy no one wants to vote for another tax. Some Regions will not vote for this tax. Metro Atlanta may vote it in. There are too many projects on the list to be done efficiently and economically.


February 8th, 2012
10:47 am

The TSPLOST is a product of a highly-balkanized region, decades of poor planning, and political cowardice under the Gold Dome.

My vote will most likely come down to what transit governance legislation passes this year, if any. If, as currently proposed, the state attempts to take over MARTA while still contributing nothing to it, I along with most of Fulton and Dekalb with vote against the TSPLOST.

That being said, I really could care less for the opinion of an official who represents 2% of the 10-county region’s population and lives 35 miles away from Atlanta. Unfortunately, in this state, those opinions along with the accompanying void of solutions have guided this region for decades and, seemingly, continue to do so.