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Do You Feel Pressured to Support TSPLOST?

Local municipalities, chambers of commerce and even businesses are mobilizing to get voters to the polls in support of TSLOST on July 31. How to you feel about this effort?

Our subject matter for today's Midtown Patch question of the day involves next month's transportation referendum vote.

It’s no secret that most municipalities are urging a "yes" vote on TSPLOST. Without it, local governments are going to have to look at other ways to raise funds for traffic and transportation projects. But did you know local chambers of commerce and even businesses have been recruited to do the same thing?

According to Jim Galloway, political insider for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, more than 400 businesses, including some of metro Atlanta’s largest, have signed on to turn out extra voters who have been given a firm understanding of the importance of a “yes” vote on July 31. Sam Williams, president and CEO of Metro Atlanta Chamber, which is reportedly coordinating the turnout effort, has said the effort is even bigger than the Tea Party.

Of the 2.3 million registered voters in the 10-county metro Atlanta area covered by the sales tax referendum, Galloway estimated that only 350,000 voters are expected to cast their ballot. He added that most voters expected to turn out for the primary will be Republican.

"Not a deck stacked for passage of a new sales tax," he wrote. However, the voters who turn out at the behest of their employers may behave more like moderate voters, which could make a difference in a close contest.

Do you feel the pressure yet? How do you feel about such a large, coordinated effort to get you to check "yes" for TSPLOST on July 31?

Jason June 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
The ads actually convinced me to vote against it. The fact that no one knows what is in this big pork barrel project tells me that they need to go back to the drawing board.
CD30309 June 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
There are extremely specific details published to explain where the money will be spent. If individuals don't know what's in the project, that's their own fault. People in this state love to complain about traffic but refuse to put their money where their mouth is. Eventually, a lack of quality & sizable infrastructure here will impair growth
Michael Langford June 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Here is the exact spreadsheet of what it will do (lists every project, by street and zone, and has a nice lookup table you can find out what's near you) http://transformmetroatlanta.com/wp-content/uploads/Roundtable_Final_Report.pdf Check out the map for the projects near you: http://transformmetroatlanta.com/regional-projects/ I turned from a "I don't want to pay to fix spaghetti junction" guy to "Holy shit, this fixes all the bad roads in midtown, all of them" guy who's enthusiastically supporting the bill.
Chris H June 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Jason, you are just misinformed and that is why you are voting "no". Follow the links above, go to some meetings and get the facts. Then you will understand why this is absolutely critical to pass if we want Atlanta to survive. I'm voting YES and everyone I know is voting YES too.
Mike June 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I'm voting yes and no I don't feel pressured to do so.
Ben June 26, 2012 at 02:30 AM
This article and question seems a bit slanted against the referendum. It's not "pressure," it's called a campaign. It's how we elect people and decide issues. And by the way, I'm absolutely voting yes. Enough with the red herrings about pork barrel and lack of transparency. This is about our city's infrastructure and taking action that the state refuses to.
Bill Patterson June 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I agree that the aggressive well-funded campaign should make anybody think twice about voting for this new tax. Millions of dollars hit the ground running to force this thing down our throats.
Clicker June 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Vote yes if you want to pay an extra penny for everything that you buy. But guess what? You will still be sitting in traffic -- only now watching the contractors make a fortune repaving the roads that you already pay taxes to repave. Vote no if you think government wastes enough money already.
John June 26, 2012 at 03:15 PM
"A bit" slanted?? The opening cartoon is not only slanted, but outright wrong: not a dime of taxpayer money is funding the advertising campaign. It's being funded voluntarily by local businesses that recognize this referendum is necessary to keep this region competitive with others that are luring away their workforces.
Tim June 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I don't sit in traffic very often since I live in Midtown. I do hate driving in the suburbs due to their traffic mess. SInce most of this new tax is supporting transit options, I am considering voting for it. However, I am dissappointed to say the least that our governor and state government does not have the guts to fix our roads, especially in the suburbs. Simple easy fix for roads...just increase the gas tax and those that use the roads pay for them, and leave the splost option for other transit choices.
Bryan Farley June 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM
There are two type of no voters: Ones that are mad because there isn't enough transit, which I agree. Much rather have an all transit list, but would only pass in Fulton, Dekalb, and maybe Clayton. Then there are the one that expect the list to turn a backed up highway like the Connector into a free flowing, able to do 70 at 5:30 p.m. miracle highway, which will never happen. If you think your 60 minute commute is going to transform into a 30 minute commute and it doesn't then that is you being mis informed and not being logical. Is it possible to shave 10 minutes because an interchange that was a back up spot now flows more freely? Yes! This tax will provide money for road upgrades and improvements along with transit maintainence and additional options. This tax will also promote economic development and job growth. This is a win win for the burbs and the city. For those who don't see that are blind. They are more worried about the price of stuff going up from 1.08 to 1.09! I mean even if it was 100 buck you would only pay about a dollar more. VOTE YES! If not there won't be a plan B and won't be another opportunity like this for years and generations to come.

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