T-SPLOST takes a beating

T-SPLOST looked headed for defeat Tuesday night.

With 67 percent of precincts reporting, 64 percent of metro Atlanta voters said no to a proposed 1 percent sales tax for a list of transportation projects. Only 36 percent of voters in the 10-county Atlanta region supported the measure. Check updated results here.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told the gathered media at a local hotel, “I’m here tonight to stick out my chin and take the loss.”

He thanked the Atlanta business community and labor and environmental groups that supported T-SPLOST.

He also discussed what could come next.

“What we need is a bigger table … and get at why a lot of good women and men don’t trust their government enough to solve a big problem,” he said.

He’s hoping for a solution to the region’s transportation problems.

“We’re going to need the politics of cooperation if we’re going to meet these big challenges,” he said.

4 comments Add your comment

Oscar De Jesus

August 1st, 2012
1:16 pm

I would feel alot more comfortable with my govnt if they would specify what exactly they are going to do with the money for every county. How much is going towards each county?? What exactly is each county plans to do with the money? If they could explain all of that and give us (tax payers) the blue print/plan then maybe I (we) would feel more comfortable and vote YES. Also each county should have someone who is already an elected official that can be held responsible for that money so if something goes wrong we can hold them accountable for any wrong doing. I really can’t see giving the state govnt that much money and them telling me it will only be for 10 yrs without a guarantee. It would make me feel like the toll on 400, and we all know how that went. So am I supposed to believe that after 10 yrs your going to lower the tax back down a penny after its all said and done or will they find another excuse to add to that penny or keep it after 10 yrs??? I know alot of questions left unanswered but they want us to have faith in them. Yea right.

Richard Gerfen

August 1st, 2012
1:17 pm

You are correct in we do not trust our goverments way of doing there task.

E Poole

August 1st, 2012
6:37 pm

Why should the people trust the federal or state government? Our politicians have shown time and time again that they can’t be trusted! There isn’t a shortage of tax revenue at the state and federal levels, there is a shortage of people being held accountable for their irresponsible spending. If you add up all of the taxes we pay…federal income tax, state tax, sales tax, property tax, advalorem tax, etc…the average citizen pay 35%-40%! How much is enough…..50%, 60%? How about we fix the problem…30-40 billion a year in fraudulent claims between medicaire, unemployment, disability, social security, and tax refunds! Fix the problem and stop turning to the people for more tax revenue. We have had enough!!! I doubt our politicians will learn anything from the TSPLOST vote.Until our government is held accountable nothing will change.

P Jordan

August 1st, 2012
9:31 pm

Glad to see this go down. Now we must also unite and defeat Obama in November so we can get this country back on track from his failed policies. I can’t believe anyone would vote for such a disaster and failure. He says he is for the middle class, but what has he done that has benefited the middle class. Gas prices, double whaen he took office, unemployment much higher than when he took office, doubled the national debt, on and on.