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Fulton, Cities List Projects For Possible Transportation Funds

The City of Atlanta could vote on a half-penny sales tax for MARTA expansion in November.
The City of Atlanta could vote on a half-penny sales tax for MARTA expansion in November.
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Fulton County cities are narrowing down what transportation projects they’d fund if voters approve a new tax in November. Fulton residents who live outside the city of Atlanta could have the option to vote for a three-quarters of a penny sales tax to put money toward road and bridge repair, sidewalks, bike paths and congestion reduction.

The cities and the county are working now on their lists of what projects they’d tackle with the money. Some jurisdictions are holding public meetings this week to share what projects are under consideration and to collect more ideas from residents.

About 50 people attended a meeting Tuesday night in South Fulton. Keith Perry, there with his 7-year-old daughter, said he was interested to see that intersections with big backups, like Cascade Road and I-285, were already included. 

“Also the repaving of the local roads,” he said. “I just saw that my actual neighborhood is slated for repaving in this project, so that was good to see.”

Feedback on the proposed transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax, or T-SPLOST, has been good, said Fulton County assistant director of transportation Antonio Valenzuela.

“Throughout six meetings that we had in South Fulton, we did not have a voice against T-SPLOST. They were very supportive,” he said before the Tuesday meeting.

Lists are due at the end of the month. Then the county and the cities in it will create a master list of all projects that would be funded by the county sales tax.

The city of Atlanta could also have transportation funding questions on the ballot in November, as well; a half-penny sales tax for similar transportation projects, and another half-penny sales tax for MARTA.