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T-SPLOST: What's In It For Brookhaven And Chamblee?

Take our online poll and tell us if you will support the transportation sales tax.


Believe it or not, there's something else on the July 31 ballot other than Brookhaven cityhood.

It's the regional transportation referendum, otherwise known as T-SPLOST, that numerous and public elected officials have been lobbying their constituents to approve.

On July 31, residents across the 10-county Atlanta region - including DeKalb and the city of Atlanta - will vote on a referendum that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements through a regional one percent sales tax.

There's a whole slew of projects that would be funded across the region if voters approve the tax. Here in Brookhaven and Chamblee, however, there are only a handful:

  • Project AR-040: $53 million worth of improvements to the I-85 north/I-285 interchange.
  • Project DK-014: $5 million worth of improvements to the Ashford-Dunwoody/Peachtree Road corridor.
  • Project DK-018: $12 million worth of pedestrian, landscape and bike path improvements and construction along the Buford Highway corridor from Lenox Road to Shallowford Terrace.
not one of 60 June 05, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Funded and underway....by the GA 400 Tolls that were to have expired....NOT TSPLOST. Reason blogs can be bad...like Brookhaven No spreading LIES!
Carl Childers June 05, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Can I be a definite NO and participate in the planning of the City?
Eddie E. June 05, 2012 at 03:43 PM
And, whatever isn't funded by 400 tolls, is SUPPOSED to be funded by the Motor Fuel Tax. Of course if we doubled the motor fuel tax so that we were setting aside sufficient user fees from each gallon purchased, we could adequately fund our road related needs and improvements.
Eric H June 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
This article left off what I think could be a very destructive project for neighborhoods in Chamblee. A new 4 lane road that connects Shallowford and Chamblee Tucker Road on the East Side of the train tracks o North Peachtree and Shallowford Road on the west side at Peachtree Industrial via a new 4 lane road and bridge over the tracks. I fear this will have a negative impact on the residential homes along those streets, including homes in Huntley Hills since this new segment makes North Peachtree a much more attractive cut through. I also think it could feed more traffic on to the Peachtree Road segment that runs by City Hall and the new residential segement thus setting back the great effort Chamblee has done to make this a pedestrian and transit friendly corridor - leaving Peachtree Industrial to handle the through traffic.
HDM June 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
One thing left out of this article, 15% (I believe) of the funds raised with the TSPLOST would go directly to municipalities for projects that haven't been identified yet.
HDM June 05, 2012 at 04:36 PM
One way or the other, the transportation in this region needs to be maintained and improved, if you vote against it this way (a 1% sales tax with part of the burden shouldered by travelers to the area) then we will likely see another funding source with more of the burden on us, local citizens either through property taxes or gasoline taxes or some other tax.
Susan Grimes June 05, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Please get informed before you make up your mind about this important vote. The Atlanta Regional Commission is holding a series of "Wireside Chats" for each county in the Atlanta region, from June 4 - 14, to inform voters about the transportation projects that will be funded by this sales tax. Participate by phone from your own home and ask questions of your local officials and transportation planners. For details and registration, see: http://bit.ly/JjUjXO
Bryan Farley June 05, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I hope people go out and support doing something versus voting no and doing nothing!
KellyW June 05, 2012 at 08:49 PM
It can be agreed that currently our transportation system is not the best. However, that is why it is essential to getting this Regional Transportation Referendum passed. This referendum is necessary for the growth of our city and to ease the transportation burden that we currently have.
John McGrew June 05, 2012 at 09:59 PM
What Atlanta needs is a comprehensive plan. Spending money for the sake of spending money is not a plan.
John McGrew June 05, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Doing the wrong thing is worse than doing nothing. Our country is trillions of dollars in debt because we've been busy doing "something" over "nothing".
HamBurger June 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Mr. Bryan, this is exceptionally bad legislation. It needs to be taken back to the drawing board and realistically revised. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eric H June 06, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Mr. McGrew, Exactly!
Joe_Harris June 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The plan that is presented is comprehensive. There is a cap on the amount of money that will be raised over the next ten years. 85% of the money raised will be going towards the specific projects that are presented and the remainder 15% will be going towards the county themselves for them to decided what to do. Projects such as road expansion, light rail additions and bike and pedestrian projects are projects that we need to work on.
William Good June 08, 2012 at 02:28 PM
The cap that will be raised from the Regional Transportation Referendum is $8.5 billion. If the money is raised before 10 years then the sales levy will then end.
John McGrew June 08, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Just like the 400 toll did?
Restless in GA June 08, 2012 at 02:35 PM
@John by law the Regional Transportation Referendum has to be voted on again by the citizens after 10 years unlike the GA 400 toll. I understand why the GA 400 would give you cause for concern because I certainly did not think the toll would presently still be going on. However, the projects presented from the Regional Transportation Referendum provide projects for every county in the metro Atlanta area and there is a set time table for everything to be developed. The projects proposed will not only be beneficial for current residents but tourists as well.
John McGrew June 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
@Restless, 10 years is a long time. Memories fade and people forget the original intent of things. And people get comfortable with the state of affairs. I'd be willing to bet you that in 10 years, the various interests that get well established with this reliable revenue stream will lobby and engineer to keep this revenue in place permanently, just like the 400 toll.
SabrinaClarke June 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
For me the impact of the projects on me personally is what draws me to it. By looking at the project map that has been presented I realize that I pass by more than one of the proposed projects on any given day driving to and from work. Add on the additional projects that the counties will be able to add and I am definitely a supporter of the referendum!
MatthewThomas103 June 08, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I agree with @KellyW. Coming from a northern city where I did not need a car until I was 25, and that was because I choose to buy one not because I needed one, it is disheartening coming to a city as progressive as Atlanta is and seeing how un-developed their traffic
BrittanyUnderwood82 June 08, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I would love to be able to not to have to rely on my car to get around the city or move around the Metro Atlanta area in general. I am personally interested in the Atlanta Beltline Project that will strongly benefit from the Regional Transportation Referendum. A light rail system that will make it so much easier to get around the city of Atlanta.
ErinRogers June 08, 2012 at 03:12 PM
It has been reported, and as a person who rides through it everyday I believe it, that GA has some of the worst bottlenecks in the country! The work that will be done at GA-400/I-285 interchange and work that will be done at I-285/I-85 are necessary improvements for the city of Atlanta.
Eric H June 08, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Oh no the 6 million dollar campaign got wind of this thread caught wind and now has its employees posting. Welcome all!
Harry Carey June 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
While on taxes... who knows what a "Municipal Franchise Fee " is ? On your Ga. Power bill. A tax. It goes up when you are a city. How much, is a mystery. Those annexed into Chamblee will find out with the next bill and will pay for 18 months of this increase on that bill.It might not be much ? I haven't seen where anyone mentioned this about Brookhaven, the city. Taxes will go up when you are a city . Count on it . Who is going to be your Police Chief ? Why don't you (Brookhaven) take that high crime area rather than Chamblee ?
John McGrew June 11, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Taxes are going up anyway, so that's hardly an argument for or against. One of Vernon Jones final efforts before moving on was finding a way to impose franchise fees on unincorporated DeKalb. If the city vote fails, I wouldn't be surprised to see that come up again.
Eric H June 11, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Lets not infect this thread with a Brookhaven discussion. But the GA Power francise fee or tax has been discussed and there is a link at PSC site where you can figure it out if you have the amount of electricity you used which is on your bill. Its also on Land line telephones though i got rid of my land line years ago.
MLP Neighbor July 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM
I agree. Though I like many of the proposed projects, I think Fulton and Dekalb should have our own T-SPLOST. A new airport control tower in Cobb? Give me a break. Let the 'burbs wallow in their own tea-party traffic jam.
MLP Neighbor July 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Here's an idea; tell the state (and GDOT) to fix the roads like they are supposed to. I'll pay for TRANSIT and bike paths in the ITP area. The tea party a-holes in the 'burbs can go to hell.
Steven July 19, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Great post, I totally agree with you and I'd go so much further. We pay and pay for the roads solution and those that they give us are completely incompetent designs. They can't even seem to incorporate basic drainage gradients and a hard rain puts everyone in danger.
Former Dekalb Citizen July 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Road projects are supposed to be funded by the gas tax and/or local municipalities. T-SPLOST is just a pork barrel project with a little transit thrown in to make it look legitimate. Nothing will improve until the state gets off it's ass and: a. forces the Balkanized 'burbs to work together on a comprehensive transit plan b. increases the gas tax to cover the real cost of maintaining its roads c. allows Marta, or some other transit authority to spend money as they see fit If spending money on transit in Atlanta benefits the entire metro area, then why wouldn't spending money on transit in the whole metro area benefit the entire state? More than half of the money in GA is generated in Atlanta. To the people who think that there is not enough density in the 'burbs to support transit; if you build it, they will come. In Atlanta, almost all new development has been around existing or proposed transit stations. Build high density development around train stations and turn all those ugly subdivisions back into forests.

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