Transportation: What's Next?
What do you think Plan B should be now that the transportation sales tax has failed? Could a different list of projects get public support?
Do people just hate taxes, or did the proposed road and transit project list for the Metro Atlanta area just turn people off?
As most people know by now, a proposed sales tax, known as the TSPLOST, suffered a pounding from voters across North Georgia and Metro Atlanta on Tuesday.
The tax failed in the 10-county Atlanta Regional District by 63%-38%.
In DeKalb County, seen as one of the key communities needed for the measure to pass, it lost by a slim 51%-49%. In Fulton County, another key area, it lost by the same slim margin.
Similar measures did pass in three other regions of Georgia: the Central Savannah River Area District, the River Valley District (Columbus and surrounding counties) and the Heart of Georgia Altamaha District (an area that includes Dublin in Southeast Georgia).
On Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Gov. Nathan Deal said he would not support putting another TSPLOST on the ballot, although state law would allow it in another two years. The announcement had to be a disappointment to supporters of the effort.
What do you think? Is there a regional fix to Metro Atlanta's snarled traffic? Are too many people in an anti-tax mood to support a solution? Or was the project list just wrong?
Let us know what you think in the comments area below.