The proposed 1 percent sales tax to fund $7.2 billion worth of road, rail and bus projects was high on the minds of voters Tuesday as metro Atlantans went to the polls.
Elizabeth Nelson, a DeKalb County tax attorney who recently moved to Brookhaven, said she voted to support the T-SPLOST.
“I only drive about four miles to work every day, and it’s a nightmare,” said Nelson, who was voting in the Ashford Park section of Brookhaven. “Knowing that the population of Atlanta is increasing rapidly, I think that we need to get better infrastructure to make businesses come here and also to make the commutes better for all of us.”
Rich Mayk of Brookhaven also said the transportation referendum lured him to the polls. “Living in Atlanta, working downtown, I definitely experience the traffic situation,” said Mayk, who moved to the area from Detroit six years ago. “I feel like an investment in improving the traffic situation is needed.”
Lucius Gundy, 61, of Stone Mountain, however, sided with the majority in an AJC exclusive poll who said they will oppose the regional transportation referendum on today’s ballot.
“DeKalb and Fulton counties have supported MARTA from the beginning,” said Gundy, who was voting at Crossroads Church. “Rail is necessary in this area. The plan doesn’t have that, hence my no vote.”
Staff photographers John Spink and Kent Johnson contributed to this report.