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T-SPLOST and the Beltline

Mayors back off Beltline

In four weeks, voters in the 10-county metro region go to the polls to decide on increasing the sales tax by one penny to fund $8.5 billion in regional and local transportation improvements. One sticking point for critics has been the Atlanta Beltline, expected to get more than $600 million if the tax is approved. Today, we hear from three mayors in north Fulton County who have wrestled with the idea of the intown Beltline as a “regional” project. We also hear from the Beltline’s board chairman, AGL Resources CEO John Somerhalder.

Tom Sabulis is today’s moderator. Commenting is open following John Somerhalder’s column.

By Tom Sabulis

Last year, mayors in some north Fulton County cities publicly protested the inclusion of the Atlanta Beltline on the project list for the transportation special purpose local option sales tax. They said Atlanta’s streetcar circulator and trail — which will receive $601.9 million in tax revenue if the referendum …

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