For Atlanta residents, this week brought another trip to the ballot box — and another sales tax approved.
This time, it was the re-authorization of a 1 percent sales tax to fund more repairs to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. It passed overwhelmingly. Just four months ago, voters in six metro counties chose to extend 1 percent SPLOSTs (special-purpose local-option sales taxes) for school construction. Just over a year ago, Cobb residents voted to keep their own SPLOST.
Regardless of how I personally plan to vote, I think the approval of other sales taxes:
Total Voters: 87
All this self-taxation has observers, including yours truly, wondering what the impact will be for the T-SPLOST referendum to be held in July.
On one hand, folks don’t seem hesitant to pass these sales taxes. Most cases haven’t even been close calls (the Cobb vote was an exception). Perhaps the Taxed Enough Already mentality hasn’t really taken hold.
Then again, all of the taxes that have already passed were renewals of existing taxes — levies that people were already accustomed to paying. And while they might trust that money for school buildings, parks and sewers overseen only by their own local elected officials will be well spent, a multibillion-dollar list of projects stretching across 10 counties is an iron horse of a different color.
So, regardless of how you personally plan to vote on the T-SPLOST, do you think these other approved sales taxes indicate the transportation tax will pass in metro Atlanta or not? That’s this week’s Poll Position question. As always, answer in the nearby poll and in the comments thread below.
– By Kyle Wingfield