Debate over transportation tax

11:37 AM, Jun 17, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- On July 31, Atlantans will decide their transportation future.  They will be asked to approve a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects and improvements over the next 10 years.

Supporters say the money is not only vital to ease regional congestion, they say the region's financial future depends on it.   They vow it will create jobs and make it easier to get to those jobs.

Opponents question whether the money is allocated well. They wonder what happens after 10 years. Some don't want money to go to MARTA. Others are distrustful of government.

Sunday morning, two men on opposite sides of the issue shared their viewpoints on 11Alive Weekend Morning News.   Dave Stockert, CEO of Post Properties, is chairman of the metro Chamber's Transportation Policy Committee. He is pushing for passage of the Special Local Option Sales Tax.

Bob Ross of the Transportation Leadership Coalition, opposes it.   He has questions about how the money would be distributed.


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