What’s Plan B after TSPLOST defeat?
Voters soundly rejected the 1 cent transportation tax – or TSPLOST – yesterday that would have provided nearly $8 billion for road, rail an other transportation needs in the region. So, what’s Plan B?
In an email to followers this morning, the Atlanta BeltLine vowed to move ahead with the 22-mile loop of trails and transit around the city using funds from the tax allocation district, donations and would begin seeking other avenues for state and local funding.
Gov. Nathan Deal, who had been a strong supporter of the TSPLOST, indicated that he would ask communities to resubmit lists of essential road and rail needs for potential state and federal funding. Another TSPLOST referendum isn’t in the cards, according to officials, but Deal would use his authority to direct funds to the most vital needs.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, also a proponent of the referendum, said last night that his office would immediately begin reaching out to find new avenues of funding to get transportation projects back on track.