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Atlantans Overwhelmingly Approve Sewer System Tax Renewal

The pond at the Historic Fourth Ward park was a project to help Atlanta's old sewer system.
The pond at the Historic Fourth Ward park was a project to help Atlanta's old sewer system.
Credit ALI GUILLORY / WABE
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City of Atlanta voters have overwhelmingly approved a four-year extension of a one-cent sales tax for water and sewer system improvements.

That Municipal Options Sales Tax, or “MOST,” is helping to pay for a federally-mandated $4 billion upgrade.

On WABE’s “Closer Look,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said, “If we had failed to reauthorize the MOST, water rates would have gone up by about 30 percent. And we already have some of the highest rates in the country because we have not gotten help financially on our $4 billion capital program.”

More than 70 percent of Atlanta voters approved extending the tax.