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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Truthseeker August 02, 2012 at 01:41 AM
FW, Still waiting on the information about abundant Obama tax cuts. Forward on Comrad.
Racer X August 02, 2012 at 01:47 AM
So 9 out of 12 regions voted against. 75%. Sounds like a HELL NO to me.
Robert Medley August 02, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Wow I got a lot of comments to my earlier comment and you are all again wrong as you obviously do not realize both the Republican party and the Democratic party should be impeached out of our political system to begin with. Candidates should run o the own merits entirely from there own raised money not as the lead representative of one of 2 parties as that in itself makes our vote almost meaningless anyway not to mention the fact both parties are screwing us just slightly different every 2 and 4 years respectively to the congressional or presidential office. As far as it goes I did not vote for the new Deal anyways as he has been found at least relatively guilty and he withdrew himself so it would not be on his record so he's corrupt by default. Therefore if he does put this in place under him as a tax or in any other way he will be gone next time around which is good.
Racer X August 02, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Jimmy- Can you help me understand? Brian said- "These are regional votes. What the state voted is irrelevant. 3 regions voted in favor of TSPLOST. Therefore it is law and not going away." That sounds more like the whim of the minority rather than the actual fact. Is he correct or is he full of poo?
Racer X August 02, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Drewboo- We already pay for the things we use. And, yes the government is a wasteful, money burning beast. The outcome of this vote is the only positive news we have had, the only hope, in a long time. I just hope everybody stays vigilant. What do you do for a living? Just wondering.
Truthseeker August 02, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Pres Taft, Times have changed since you were President. Have you heard how often and easy it is to hack into computer systems today? I want a paper print out. I don't trust anyone, especially when it comes to voting and elections.
RL August 02, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I thought it was pretty odd that the proponents went from "reducing traffic" to "creating jobs". Almost like they were reading from an Obummer talking points.
President Taft August 02, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Imagine how many highways you could build for $7,000!
President Taft August 02, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I couldn't care less about the traffic. I don't drive much. But when I bike and use MARTA, it saves YOU time in traffic. I'm in favor of internalizing all costs. If you want to drive, pay for the roads. If you want to use MARTA, pay for that. But the way it works now is that we pay for roads and highways with tax dollars, and complain if transit gets any funding.
Racer X August 02, 2012 at 10:53 AM
How much tax is too much? In the majority of Georgians minds, the TSPLOST represents too much tax, pretty obviously. Is there, in your eyes, a too much tax number? At what point would you vote no to additional tax? At what point would you stop pouring gasoline onto the fire?
Howard Johnson August 02, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Good point, Tracy. The fender benders who stand in the iddle of the highway on cell-phones to State Farm refusing to move the accident vehicles from the roadway drive me nuts. How about those slow drivers in the left lane who won't get over? Also, those geezers who ride for hours with their blinker flashing? The dweebs who think the safest thing to do in a rainstorm is to slow down to 10 miles an hour and put on the Emergency Flashers? Texters and Talkers driving like mindless zombies... the list is endless. TSPLOST might have passed if it had addressed these important issues.
KELLI August 02, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I'm shocked that Georgias government (heavily Republican) would even bring forth the suggestion of higher taxes on their people! In a Recession! Considering that it is the politicians who allowed the 'over-developement' without adequate prior planning for all the traffic jams it would cause..... Are they that stupid? ....I'm so glad the prople turned that tax hike down! Roadway improvements and expansion of mass transit should have been factored into the 'over-developement plans' folks.....Via impact fees on Developers and such....
KELLI August 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Get your facts strait "RL"... Obama has nothing to do with Georgia sales tax.... Blame your heavily REPUBLICAN politicians... "they" are the ones making the Georgia laws and rules.....
KELLI August 02, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I agree that the Republicans need to be removed from the political scene... But the Democrats ARE actually working FOR the people, so they can stay (imo)....
KELLI August 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Roadway GRIDLOCK will continue... that's what happens now... Unless your greedy repubs politicians unlease & correct the mis-managed money they rake-in throught other taxes - from all that OVER-developement !!!
KELLI August 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Your repub politicians reduced the police force numbers... they don't have enough man-power to police the highways! It's called collateral damage... May I suggest you start electing more Democrats who actually care about your jobs and your safety, etc....
KELLI August 02, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I find it very ironic and a bit laughable that Georgia is run (mis-managed) by Republicans and it has been for many, many years.... Why would any of you keep voting Republican?
RL August 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Hey Kelli - calm down and get YOUR facts straight. I know Obummer had nothing to do with our local politics. If you were paying attention, it was hard to not notice the tax proponents went from "less traffic" to "creating jobs". One of Obummer's talking points for the country. By the way, this bill was supported by both republicans and democrats. Bottom line - the political class wanted another tax to fund their projects. Weasels - all of them.
Clicker August 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Kelli, You do know that the City of Atlanta - the murder capital of the Southeast is run by Democrats right? I bet you feel real safe midnight on Simpson Street downtown - after all, Big D Democrats care about your safety there!
Clicker August 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Kelli, TSplost lost in Atlanta 62% to 38%; that means many of your fellow Democrats voted against it also. Take a swing at them, you partisan crybaby. And roadway gridlock would have continued even with TSplost. You need to educate yourself.
Clicker August 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I find it laughable that Kelli fails to mention that Georgia was in Democratic hands for 150+ years and has only been in Republican hands for the past 10. Come to think of it, Kelli is laughable all the way 'round.
JAH August 02, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Kelli, you haven't lived here very long, or are ignorant of Georgia history (perhaps both). Your beloved democrats ran this state for over 100 years, all the way back to reconstruction, and made a fine mess along the way. The repubs only took control in the last 10-12 years. Unfortunately, they seem determined to match the demos record for debacle. Let's see if they learned a lesson from the resounding defeat of TSPLOST. I doubt it. In the meantime, partisan sniping such as you demonstrate in your posts helps no one. Don't be a dupe for a political party. The problem is politicians, demo or repub, who are more interested in building their career and power than in addressing our problems and leading with thoughtful solutions. As long as they can get people such as yourself to buy into the "us against the other guy" mentality, they can keep you distracted from the real problem.
Scott Burns August 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I'm sure the real Syd Barrett would throw up in his grave if he knew you were using his name …
Jimmy Orr August 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Words to an old hymn go like this, "When we all get the Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be." To paraphase the words to that grand old hymn as the results of Tuesday's election were coming in Tuesday evening I begin to sing, "When we all defeat TSPLOST what a day of rejoicing that will be." Wednesday, August 1, 2012, was a day of rejoicing as TSPLOST became TSPLAT.
Jeff Haas August 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
It's sad to see my fellow Duluthians outraged by two three-letter words, "tax" and "gay," in the same week. What if we all voluntarily contributed the cost of one Chik-fil-A combo to improving our roads? Maybe there'd be a little less outrage to go around.
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 (Editor) 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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