Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and state Sen. Vincent Fort took to the airwaves Tuesday morning for a last-minute debate of the pros and cons of the proposed T-SPLOST.
Fort, who was has been an outspoken critic of the transportation referendum, said on V-103 radio that the tax “doesn’t pass the fairness test. A billionaire pays the same rate as Grandmama on a fixed income. That’s not fair.”
Fort claimed that if the measure passes, citizens of counties already paying a 1 percent MARTA tax “are going to be double-taxed.”
Reed pointed out that Fort voted for the bill in the state Senate. “He voted to put it on the ballot,” the mayor said.
The mayor was also quick to point out that civil rights icons Joseph Lowery, Andrew Young and John Lewis are all in favor of T-SPLOST.
“Surely, these people who stood on the front line for freedom to even allow you and I to sit in this studio, if they made a decision to support it, how in the world can folks be on the other side, saying that this is unfair?” Reed asked. “Do you believe Ambassador Young would be for a tax if he believed it was going to hurt Grandmama and her grandson?”
Fort had harsh words for Gov. Nathan Deal, who supports the T-SPLOST. The senator said “all the MARTA money is going to go through Nathan Deal and the state.”
“I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have confidence that Nathan Deal is going to do right by MARTA,” Fort said. “The fact of the matter is, I don’t trust Nathan Deal to do the right thing.”
Staff writer Mike Morris contributed this report