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Posh fundraiser for backers of transportation tax

8:54 AM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Supporters of the controversial transportation tax held a posh fundraiser and cocktail party for the people and corporations bankrolling the media campaign in support of the ballot measure.

According to a poster-sized donor list at the entrance to the fundraiser, supporters contributed anywhere from $5,000 to $250,000.

The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or TSPLOST would create a one percent sales tax in 10 metro Atlanta counties for the next decade.

It's expected to generate more than $8 billion. The money would be earmarked for dozens of transportation and mass transit projects.

Gov. Nathan Deal says the transportation tax is critical for the continued economic growth of the metro area.

"New jobs are not going to come if companies can't get their employees to work in a timely fashion," Gov. Deal said.

Critics, however, question if the projects, which are divided between roads and mass transit, will actually make a dent in traffic.

"I think we're collecting too much money for too little relief," said Bob Ross who is organizing opposition to the ballot measure.

Voters will get to decide for themselves when they head to the polls July 31.

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