You may want to pay close attention to your phone this week because you could be getting a call that might affect $8 billion in tax money, AJC writer Aaron Edwards reports.
Starting this week, the Atlanta Regional Commission will hold a series of “telephone town halls” that will reach out to more than 1 million metro residents for feedback on proposed projects aimed at bringing traffic relief, Edwards writes. The ARC’s effort — the largest public outreach in the region’s history — is just one of the methods that will gauge opinions ahead of the vote.
Opinions gathered from the hourlong town halls will be taken into account when the Atlanta Regional Roundtable, a group of regional officials, chooses a final list of transportation projects for the referendum set for July 31, 2012, Edwards reports. Metro Atlantans will then be called on to decide whether they want the projects — and the 1 percent sales tax to pay for them.
Suggested projects range from grander