5:27 am August 11, 2011, by Henry Unger
Forget the stock market for a second. We have a transportation problem to take care of.
A group of local elected officials from throughout the Atlanta region is on a mission Thursday to do something historic — agree with one another on how to remedy congestion, AJC writer Ariel Hart reports.
Five mayors and county commissioners are scheduled Thursday to approve a draft list of transportation projects for the 10 Atlanta region counties, totaling $6.14 billion, to be considered in a referendum, Hart writes. Given their history so far, there’s no guarantee that they will.
If they can’t, they’ve blown their self-imposed deadline, and have only till midnight Monday to make it happen, as outlined by state law, Hart reports.
“This is a very difficult process, probably one of the most difficult things I’ve had to do in my political career,” said Tom Worthan, chairman of the Douglas County Commission, and a member of the group. However, he said, he was hopeful the list would pass as scheduled, though negotiations were still hundreds of millions of dollars apart, Hart writes.
In the referendum next year, metro Atlanta voters will decide whether to fund the project list being drawn up now with a 1 percent sales tax, to run 10 years.
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