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.
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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