2/28: DeKalb and sales tax referendum

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The DeKalb County NAACP has joined with some county commissioners in opposing the regional transportation sales tax referendum in July.

They are protesting the lack of an I-20 east rail line in the plans.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis counters that the approved bus transit is a step in the right direction, and residents must pass the tax for there to be any hope of rail in the future.

What do you think?

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Bryan -- MARTA supporter

March 1st, 2012
10:05 am

I definitely agree the TSPLOST isn’t the perfect list of projects but we have to start somewhere. If you folks don’t realize it by now, THERE WILL NEVER BE A “PERFECT” LIST THAT HAS EVERYONE’S WANTS AND NEEDS IN IT!!! I agree there should be heavy rail along I-20 from Garnett and Turner field, down I-20 to Stonecrest Mall and even to Conyers. South Dekalb should be upset but what is the alternative at this point. It is either vote yes and atleast have 225 million toward the 1 billion dollar project or have nothing toward this and complain until another transit project list is created? How long will that be? Another 40 years?! Think about it, is the federal government going to give any money toward a local project here if the locals don’t even support it? This is under democratic or republican leadership. Would you? I know I wouldn’t.

And as usual there is the localized thinking (i.e. too little time February 28th, 2012 9:09 am). This has nothing to do with that. This has to do with working as a region and coordination so that the region flows smoothly. So what if I lived in Cherokee and I’m assisting with a rail line in Dekalb that I may never use. Directly no it doesn’t impact me but indirectly it does. That rail line is going to move mass people and help create development. That will bring jobs to that area. When companies see that type of growth it makes them want to stay in the area. When companies see that type of investment it makes them want to come here. Other companies in the entire region see the same things and makes them invest more in the area. Why would a company leave a region just because their particular area isn’t developing, but there are major developments all around the region. That shows that the region as a whole is growing. That may bring a job that somewhere in one part of the region that a person who stays in another may apply for and get. Then you may have someone that lives in Cherokee using express buses and trains to get to that newly created job that came to South Dekalb, because we as a region invested in our transportation system.

There are a lot of people that want to vote everything down and have no resolutions. There are a lot of people that want for their area but say screw the rest of the region. How can anything get accomplished with those kinds of attitudes? It won’t be until YOUR job relocates to Charlotte or Raleigh or Dallas that you’ll understand the importance of investing in transportation and economic development.