Should Clayton join MARTA?

Up for your consideration on the November 2 ballot is a non-binding referendum question asking whether Clayton county should become a full participant in MARTA by charging a sales tax in support of MARTA and the county’s public transportation needs.

How will you vote on the question of Clayton joining MARTA?

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Getting this referendum onto the ballot at all has not been an easy task. First, the Georgia 2020 Transportation Act passed (HB 277) earlier this year, giving the county permission to break its seven percent sales tax cap to pay for public transportation. Next, the General Assembly passed HB 1446 last April (sponsored by State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam) so that a non-binding referendum could be placed on the July 20 primary ballot. Then due to Governor Sonny Perdue’s late signature on the bill, the referendum was postponed to the November ballot.  Finally, the Board of Commissioners missed their final opportunity in September to add this as a binding referendum to tomorrow’s ballot.

As per the AJC, this has basically become a vote to gauge citizen interest about whether or not we should join MARTA. If we vote favorably, then a binding referendum vote could come eventually, but the Legislature would first have to revise the law in 2011.

So, has your opinion changed about the necessity of public transportation in Clayton county since C-Tran’s demise? And has anybody seen Quick Transit lately?  Does it even still exist?

If you would like to connect with the Clayton community as a sponsor or vendor at the Grassroots Leadership Institute’s First Annual “Hands on Clayton” Empowerment Fair on Dec. 4 at Mundy’s Miill High School, please email sponsor@claytongaempowerment.org or vendor@claytongaempowerment.org or go to www.claytongaempowerment.org for more information.

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LawAbidingVetRetired

November 7th, 2010
10:23 pm

Foresight : (( ” LawAbidingVetRetired, you’re an old. I’m a “Recently LawAbidingVetRetired, you and your Clayton of Clayton has come and passed! Hers’s the new vision–”UPWARD”! Thanks for your service!” ))

My time has just begun and your time is running out;What you call “UPWARD”, is a Downward Spiral to self destruction.
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LawAbidingVetRetired

November 7th, 2010
10:43 pm

Foresight : ((’LawAbidingVetRetired, you’re an old. I’m a “Recently LawAbidingVetRetired, you and your Clayton of Clayton has come and passed! Hers’s the new vision–”UPWARD”! Thanks for your service!”}

….I’m only 59 years old and I already have a legacy in this this county, with two younger generations in my family and more is coming here.
…Your so called “UPWARD !” spiral will see its nose dive in this county before my time will have “passed”; Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
…..It was hard working and honest people, like myself, who made Clayton County what is was at one time and it be our next generation to bring it back to it’s former glory, whether you like it or not.

Clayton Reparations

November 7th, 2010
11:23 pm

The people who live in Clayton are mostly renters who rely on ‘gubment’ to provide for them, hence their vote time again and again for Democrats no matter how incompetant (the party of vote for me, I’ll give you a check), lol.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 8th, 2010
12:51 am

…Foresight ; I might be “Old” @ 59, but I still remember the 80’s when Ronald Regan was President, Bob Hope was still entertaining the troops, and Johnny Cash was still alive.
….Now we have Obama, with No Hope and No Cash.

LawAbidingVetRetired

November 8th, 2010
1:05 am

,,,,As soon as The South has enough time to rise from the ashes, things starts going backwards, AGAIN !

raja

November 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Clayton County can not afford Marta.

We have the lowest income in the metro area and over half the population are renters. As long
as we look like this no business will be running here with or without marta. Before the recession
CC was one of the largest employer in the metro area and thats without marta.

We can’t afford to shuffle these residents who are mostly poor;back and forth to there low income jobs. The only type of business they can support are check cashier and beauty supply stores.
It’s simply not worth it.

I read above someone posted my landlord pays taxes. Thats true but renters have no vested interest in the community, you can up and leave anytime you get ready. As a homeowner I can not. That’s the difference.