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TSPLOST Fails in Cobb, Metro Atlanta

The transportation sales tax has failed in all 10 metro Atlanta counties including Cobb.

The fierce battle between advocates and opponents of the TSPLOST has come to an end. The transportation sales tax has unofficially failed in all 10 metro Atlanta counties including Cobb, by 167,207 votes—a 26% margin, with 248,319 (37%) voted yes, and 415,526, (63%) voted no.

Cobb voters soundly rejected the referendum with 85,412 (69%) voted against it, and 38,703 (31%) voted in favor, out of the 124,115 votes cast on Tuesday. The 153 precincts didn't complete final reporting until around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Voters in 12 regions across Georgia were asked to decide on the measure that has potential to generate more than $18 billion for transportation projects across the state over the next decade.

Supporters of the TSPLOST continued to campaign across the region until the final minutes of the Tuesday primary. and are both among the advocates, and said that passing the referendum would create jobs and improve congestion in the area. They also argue that the failure of the tax's passage would cause long-term economic damage to the region.

Opponents of the tax, including and Patch Blogger , suggest that the current TSPLOST package fails to address the real transportation problems in the metro Atlanta region and would only help bring in revenue and short-term jobs.

Here's how Cobb and other metro Atlanta counties voted:

COUNTY YESNOTOTAL Cherokee 9,105 (21%)
35,280 (79%)
44,385 Clayton 16,750 (46%)
19,303 (54%)
36,053 Cobb 38,703 (31%)
85,412 (69%)
124,115 DeKalb 57,915 (48%)
61,792 (52%)
119,707 Douglas 6,383 (32%)
13,534 (68%)
19,917 Fayette 6,677 (24%)
21,712 (76%)
28,389 Fulton 69,064 (49%)
72,365 (51%)
141,429
Gwinnett 28,884 (29%)
70,273 (71%)
99,157 Henry 9,405 (29%)
23,371 (71%)
32,776 Rockdale 5,433 (30%)
12,484 (70%)
17,917

Total:

248,319 (37%)

415,526 (63%)

663,845

*Unofficial results from the Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration as of 4 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.

How did you vote on the TSPLOST? Are you happy with the results? Tell us in the comments!

The regional transportation sales tax was the one issue that brought many people to the polls across metro Atlanta on Tuesday.

Marjorie Towerie, who voted Tuesday morning at Addison Elementary, said she voted against the TSPLOST because she was told "it was a con and that it wouldn't really help."

A Smyrna voter who preferred to remain anonymous said: "It's not the right time, especially for Cobb. I just don't think we'll get enough for the money."

“I pay enough taxes and I’m not going to pay any more,” said Stephanie, a Mableton resident.

if the 1-cent regional Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax had been approved Tuesday by the majority of voters in the 10-county metro Atlanta region. Residents would be paying the tax for either 10 years or until the expected $8.5 billion in revenues has been collected, whichever comes first.

were listed on either the 85 percent list, which were developed and approved by the Regional Roundtable; or the 15 percent list that included local projects. Each of Cobb County's four commissioners were allotted $34.69 million to give to projects in their districts.

Hal K. August 01, 2012 at 08:36 PM
When the tolls come off GA 400, then we can talk. I know the second promise is the end of 2013. You didn't keep the first promise. We can discuss a new tax when you retire the old tax....2014, right?
Brian August 01, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Three regions in GA voted in favor of T-Splost. They will enjoy some of the improvements we should have had. The good news is that the local governments that voted against it will now have to match state spending 30% versus 10%. That means that, perhaps, the state will need to worry about funding the projects with a local match of 30%. That may leave more for projects that local governments really need.
Brian August 01, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I think a long-term solution is to better digitize the government like private companies do and get all processes managed through computer systems which are user-friendly and kiosked so external users can interface with them. We could then start cutting down on government workers (through a transition process to help them find private sector jobs) and have more money set aside for projects. I was at DDS to renew my license, in line for 2.5 hours, and just wonder why it has to be handled that way. Sometimes time was wasted just waiting for someone who had left the building to not show up to one of the counters when their number was called. There's gotta be a more efficient way where more people are handled with less employees. I was wondering what would happen if people went to kiosks first, which were in line, to key in their information. Then the system could more efficiently route people through whatever processes they have and be ready for the people before they even come up to the desk. In fact, imagine doing everything online and even getting your time ticket online and being told by email or with automated call 30 minutes in advance of your number being called. I think if all of you are complaining about a new tax, you should instead complain about the fact that government processes run like the stone-age, or 100 years ago, whichever came last. Obama signed an executive order to better computerize government. Get behind it to save us money.
Brian August 01, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Sometimes there's good arguments about waste, like operational costs because the state isn't more digitized/computerized. However, an argument about 14 traffic lights being waste? The number of traffic lights directly correlates to the number of through lanes, and number of turn lanes. There are laws regulating this, based on engineering studies. It isn't rocket science to count the number of lanes and figure out why they were needed. I count four through lanes on Roswell Rd, two turn lanes going onto Sewell Mill Rd, three turn lanes coming off. That's nine already. Then, there's another road coming off into a small condo/townhome subdivision, so more lights are needed for that. I don't figure how six would cover it. Privatizing is the answer for people that don't know what they are talking about. We de-regulated banks further, and look where it got us. When you privatize what's meant for the good of the people, it becomes for the good of the biggest shareholders, and becomes "scr** the people".
S Bailey August 02, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Nearly everything under the sun is taxed in this country....how can it be the Land of the Free if it all comes with a Tax attached to it. Remember one of the reasons the Pilgrims & Refugees came from all over the world was to free themselves of Taxes & Tyrants...now we have our own in local, state & the federal government. I read a story recently where the state of Oregon has jailed a man for collecting > rainwater < on his own property. What kind of country allows that? What kind of sheeple allow that to happen ?? I opposed the TSPLOST because it was just another tax on We the People. We pay some of the highest gasoline taxes in the South. The Georgia General Assembly has deemed that anytime there are increased gasoline prices, the gas tax increases. The Ga.G.A just can't get enough of the taxpayers money yet have enough to fly private planes with No Passengers to airfields all over the state. The GaDOT has enough taxpayers $$$ to be able to send nearly all their Employees home everyday with a GaDOT vehicle. I cannot count the times I've seen a GaDOT pickup or car at a DayCare or Grocery Store with someone picking up a child or two or loading groceries. Yet one of the most incredible decisions I've seen in many years was to create User Fees for our State Parks. Really....I mean REALLY......the State Parks belong to the People. They were either purchased by taxpayers money or donated, yet we have to pay to visit our collective property. REALLY ???

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