There’s evidence that a shift in attitude toward transit among metro Atlanta voters, including in counties such as Gwinnett and Cobb that traditionally oppose MARTA, could be pivotal to the passage of next year’s transportation sales tax referendum.
That’s according to a new poll of 625 registered voters in the 10-county metro region that Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News.
In the meantime, in an e-mail distributed this afternoon, tea party opponents outlined the organization of their effort to block passage of the transportation sales tax in 2012:
Atlanta Tea Party will focus on defeating the Metro-Atlanta T-SPLOST and Georgia Tea Party Patriots will be there to assist tea parties in other regions. We have formed a Tea Party T-SPLOST Task Force Coalition with Bob Frey as the main contact. If your tea party or group would like to join us in the effort to defeat T-SPLOST next year please contact Bob Frey at email@example.com or [phone number redacted at his request].
If you would like to volunteer to head up the effort in your region/ county, please let Bob know as well. We are bringing up a new web site within two weeks that is dedicated to defeating T-SPLOST in 2012.
Atlanta Tea Party is forming a PAC to defeat T-SPLOST as well. If you would like to donate money or resources to help us stop T-SPLOST, please let us know.
We will schedule a meeting in October for the Metro-Atlanta Region, so be sure to contact Bob if you want to be included.
We are disappointed that some GOP legislators are actively promoting the T-SPLOST, which will be the largest tax increase in Georgia history if it passes all regions. The T-SPLOST also creates a regional mass transit entity that will oversee mass transit in each region, instead of leaving that to the counties. The T-SPLOST will take local control over transportation projects from counties and give it to a region.
The Metro Atlanta T-SPLOST is just an expansion of MARTA in counties that have already voted it down years ago. 85% of the tax dollars will go in a regional “pot” that is distributed to projects for the good of the region….
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider