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?

21 comments Add your comment


February 28th, 2012
8:18 am

In my opinion, it is unfair to ask a community to pay additional taxes on projects that will not have a positive impact on said community. When others asked for rail service, it was granted.
If you treat everyone the same, whether they are wealthy, middle-class or poor, then great things can happen in our county.


February 28th, 2012
8:03 am

Hopefully everyone will vote no, and this inane approach will go away. Subways like NYC are 100% impossible to afford…and without stations “everywhere”, underground subway is of limited value. Buses are the right approach, and their routes can change over time as “traffic patterns” change.


February 28th, 2012
7:58 am

This is the silliest thing I have seen in years. Plans for the I-20 line are just getting underway, the Tsplost projects lists has over $200 million in planning and engineering, and possibleyacq of ROW for stations. This starts the process in earnest and opens the line up for future FTA grants.

Kill the Tsplost and you kill all momentum for this line. You will set back the process by close to a decade…go ahead Evans, kill any chance you have of realizing your goal for this line.


February 28th, 2012
1:41 am

So, funny that people in South DeKalb are complaining because they have been taxed for a service in another part of the county. Why don’t we open up the books and I bet North DeKalb has contributed a much larger share of the county budget than the Southsiders.


February 28th, 2012
12:12 am

The people of south Dekalb have been getting ripped off since the late 70’s. People in Lithonia have been paying the same 1 cent sales tax as the rest of Dekalb, and yet they have NO TRANSIT WHATSOEVER. It’s really unbelievable that the council that chose what projects to fund had the audacity to think people in south Dekalb would now pay a 2% tax for transportation, and yet STILL HAVE NO TRANSIT. It’s blatant disrespect, and I hope the referendum fails miserably.

People who live on I-20 East from Wesley Chapel Road to Turner Hill Road have been paying a 1% Marta tax for over 30 Years!!! They want to tax south Dekalb so they can fund the Atlanta Beltline Real Estate Scam and downtown streetcars. All they had to do was include transit for the people who have been neglected off of I-20 East. People will not vote in favor of paying a 2% tax and only receiving bus stations, no transit. It’s not happening. South Dekalb is treated like a doormat- from the filthy, polluted South River to the multiple landfills dumped there. Now this? Hell no.

Shark Punch!

February 27th, 2012
11:29 pm

I happened to catch WABE’s interview with John Evans today, and he didn’t seem to have much of a clue about anything. A whole bunch of bitterness and no real solutions, “I can’t get my way, so nobody else should!”

When asked why this was a racial issue and not a geographic one, Evans basically suggested that everything is a racial issue on some level. That should tell you all you need to know.


February 27th, 2012
10:57 pm

The solution is to add I-20 rail. The taxpayers of south DeKalb pay a sales tax to support the rail along 400 and the the train to Hartsfield. They also pay federal taxes that built the highways/infrastructure that made economic development possible for north and central DeKalb. I am voting NO!


February 27th, 2012
8:46 pm

My vote = NO!!!! South Dekalb was not bailed out, but it was definitely hit hard. No complaints regarding my decision to purchase in south dekalb as that was a choice I made, a similar choice other owners made when they purchased in other areas. The fact of the matter is that south dekalb is part of the larger dekalb county which includes north and central dekalb. When one area is affected the others as well.

Road Scholar

February 27th, 2012
6:45 pm

OK? What is your solution ? Are you ready to wait another 5 or so years to vote on another list that doesn’t have all the projects a certain group wants? The list of projects was vetted, public hearings held, and the regional leaders considered the data and input. Transit utilizes over 50% of the expected revenue.

That area of DeKalb was bailed out by the millage rate increase to balance the county budget. I said bailed out since the houses in SE Dekalb lost so much value and the millage increase only brought your tax bills back to the pre recession level , if to that level. The north and central part of the county paid for your deficit.

And you also want a convention center? What?

Angry Albert

February 27th, 2012
6:24 pm

John Evans is a fine man and is correct in his analysis.

Vote no!!