Friday, February 18, 2011

Transportation tax still drawing fire

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM

We couldnt resist running this photo.

Even with Mayor Kasim Reed playing a major role in the process, some ITP city councilmen, county commissioners, mayors are not pleased with the five-member group that will pick what transportation projects get funded by a proposed one-cent sales tax. Via Johnny Edwards:

"Kasim Reed is the mayor of Atlanta," Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said. "He's not the mayor of Fulton County."

Similarly unimpressed south Fulton Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards said he’ll “absolutely” campaign against the sales tax going on an August 2012 ballot, unless the Legislature alters the structure of the 21-member, suburb-weighted “roundtable.” He also wants lawmakers to rethink having Fulton and DeKalb residents, already paying a penny tax for MARTA, pay 2 cents for transportation while other core counties pay 1 cent.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Sparkplug, is even raising hell from the well of the Senate!

Just saying, Gold Domers: Y'all might wanna revisit parts of that legislation before the whole process gets too far along.

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