County Could Railroad Atlanta Region Transit Tax

Voters in the Atlanta region will vote on a 1-cent sales tax for new transit projects. But one major county could stand in the way if its own project is not included.

Officials in DeKalb County want a proposed 5.4 mile light rail link included in the list of projects that would be funded by the sale tax increase, but the committee in charge hasn't made it a priority.

"'If we do not have that rail, we cannot support the penny,' said Larry Johnson, the DeKalb County Commission's presiding officer.

Voters in 10 metro Atlanta counties will decide next year whether to approve the 1-cent sales tax to pay for a $6.1 billion list of projects of regional significance.

Already there has been debate about how much the executive committee, made up of mayors and county commissioners, should set aside for roadwork versus transit."

Full Story: DeKalb will fight penny sales tax unless rail line added

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