TSPLOST Fails Across North Georgia

Returns show the TSPLOST is trailing badly in the Atlanta Regional District, and almost certainly dead in the Northeast Georgia District and the Georgia Mountains District.

Voters across Georgia went to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to pay an extra penny on the dollar to fund transportation projects. And they said no. In droves.

With most results in late Tuesday, the measures appeared doomed in North Georgia.

With all 12 counties in the Northeast Georgia District reporting, the measured lost 64.7%-35.3%.

In the Georgia Mountains District, the measure was losing by a spread of 75%-25% with 12 of 13 counties reporting.

In the 10-county Atlanta Regional District, the measure was failing by a 63%-37% margin with six of the counties fully reported. The biggest counties - Fulton and DeKalb - had turned in most of their tallies by late Tuesday night and the sales tax was losing by a narrow margin in both counties.

Backers of the tax vowed that they wouldn't give up their efforts to address the region's transportation woes.

“It is critical now that we listen to the concerns of those who voted ‘no’ on the referendum to determine how best to build a strong regional system," said Jim Stokes, executive director of the Livable Communities Coalition, in a prepared statement.

"We are turning our efforts toward convening a broad collation to work to find common ground on such issues such as preferred transit projects and transit governance."

The statement said passage of the sales tax would have been "a watershed moment for transit in metro Atlanta."

“Many regions around the country are getting transit right. I am convinced the Atlanta region will join them,” he said.

What do you think? Did you vote "Yes" or "No" on the TSPLOST? Tell us what you think in the comments area below.

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JAH August 02, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Jeff, I don't know if all those people were outraged by "gay". I think many more were outraged by the intolerant response to the religious views expressed by Chik-fi-A's president.
Marc Richardson August 03, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Message from Sandra < There should be more plans to relieve traffic congestion in the city of Atlanta and South Fulton County. Why should we pay additional taxes for what is not going to benefit the area we live in?
Tom Payne August 03, 2012 at 02:33 PM
While the TSPLOST fight has been won in 75% of the districts, 113 counties are now left with a 2 year, 20% penalty on any further Federally funded road work. In essence, the TSPLOST bill, contained a coercive poison pill, I call it extortion. Those counties within the districts that voted, no will have their Federal matching funds share, increased to 30%, for two years for any future federally funded projects, instead of the normal 10%. I write this asking, is this is not extortion on the state's part??? Why can't the 113 NO VOTING counties, not launch a class action lawsuit to over throw this odious arm twisting, and in my opinion, illegal penalty? Also, while the big fight has been won, now there is moping up to be done. Hopefully, any pro TSPLOST Senators and representatives, standing for reelection, will be defeated, and I hope everyone that will use any new found, anti TSPLOST contacts, to help defeat these elected officials. OUR state employees have taken notice, and some of their kind have already fallen at the ballot box. We have momentum lets not loose it now. Use it, and lets vote these unscrupulous supporters of this sneaky TAX out of office.
Tom Payne August 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
60 million $ would not go very far, the DOT is sitting on 1.2 Billion.
Rex Smithers October 18, 2012 at 04:05 AM
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