5/29: Pass or fail T-SPLOST?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

We’re nine weeks away from the historic July 31 vote, when residents in 10 metro Atlanta counties will cast ballots on a 1-cent sales tax to fund $7 billion in transportation improvements.

Our first writer, a respected Washington scholar, calls it our “21st century Olympic moment”: If we don’t pass it, we will lose our economic mojo for a long time. I also talk with a local tax watchdog, who says there are better ways to tackle our most congested areas, rather than funding empty buses and light rail.

25 comments Add your comment

DagnyT

May 29th, 2012
11:31 am

I doubt Mr.Leinberger has read the list of projects. While there are a handful of meaningful projects, the list contains such things as landscaping, lighting, airport runways, sidewalk improvements, escalator improvements and light rail around a specific neighborhood yet to be built. As a Cobb County taxpayer, I don’t want a 16% tax increase to pay for landscaping or an airport runway I’ll never use. I’m voting NO.

Give me a bold solution such as a complete bypass of Atlanta for trucks or heavy rail from the Port of Savannah and I’ll vote yes, but to take even more of my money for landscaping is a joke.

dan

May 29th, 2012
11:16 am

Anyone else see this tax money going to Arthur Blank’s new unnecessary football stadium in a year or two? I like the idea but the city needs a bunch of stuff before the Falcons get a new stadium. If the Dome’s stadium is so terrible and they want to play outside they should ask GaTech if they can play on Sundays.

Enough government waste

May 29th, 2012
11:04 am

Government has already wasted far too much money on transportation boondoggles. Never another penny for open-ended projects that do little more than line the pockets of developers and builders while doing nothing for traffic.

NO on SPLOST.

n

May 29th, 2012
10:48 am

I will go to another website

n

May 29th, 2012
10:47 am

My comments are good
You erase the best
I protest

ne

May 29th, 2012
10:46 am

No question walking is the way to go. Atlanta has to reclaim its roots.
Buy a good pair of boots
Gander Mountain has the best around
Take a walk on the south side
Walk fast and you might just last

Road Scholar

May 29th, 2012
10:36 am

dc: The committee who determined the final project list had representatives of each county , and reps from some cities in the counties. Do you want an election (pro or con) on each project? County transportation staffs were consulted to develop the list of possible projects and the final listing.

Oh and this is a regional tax and plan. Should all roadway/transit projects in your county end at the county/city line? Does traffic/need of improvement stop or reduce at the county line?

To quote the Rolling Stones:” You don’t always get what “YOU” want!” We are in this together…

Doc Brown

May 29th, 2012
10:00 am

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need any roads.

dc

May 29th, 2012
9:52 am

I’d prefer to let each county decide what is best for their citizens. Then tax and pay for it themselves. And for those concerned about “cross county” travel, if counties like Fulton don’t see it in their best interest to build major arteries that bring business commuters into their county, then fine. It just means more centers will pop up outside Fulton county. And frankly that’s not a bad thing.

Road Scholar

May 29th, 2012
9:49 am

Lamberton wants to pay for transportation improvements with bonds; how, pray tell, does he expect to pay for the bond debt? Local option taxes?

The cost of many of the road projects are large due to the land needed to build them. Improvements along the length of I 285, esp on the north side of town, would affect neighborhoods due to the land needed to build them….and then rebuild them. (IE the interchange at Windy Hill Road has already been rebuilt 4 times! How many more times do we need to do that?) Capacity for a transit system is enlarged by adding more transit vehicles…w/o more land or width or damages to the environment, since most public transit vehicles are virtually pollution free.

If you haven’t noticed, the average yearly cost of gas has been going up each year; that trend will not change w/o alternates.

We need to begin to enlarge our transit network to be more useful to all. If not now, when?