Tomorrow's Transit Tax Vote is a Historic Day for Atlanta

Whatever Atlanta area voters decide when they head to the polls tomorrow to vote on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent sales tax to fund transit and road projects, the outcome will be a historic moment in the area's history. Ariel Hart puts it in context.
July 30, 2012, 12pm PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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In case you haven't been paying attention, voters in 10 counties in the metropolitan Atlanta region will vote tomorrow on a transportation sales tax referendum - referred to as T-SPLOST - that would raise $6.14 billion over a decade for regional transportation projects and another $1 billion for smaller, local projects. 

With advocates calling the referendum "an Olympic moment" for the region and opponents calling it "a potential mistake of historic proportions," Hart calls the vote "Atlanta's next historic move" and argues that "[n]ot many decisions in Atlanta's past carry more weight."

With recent polls suggesting the referendum will fail, Hart takes a look at some other notably divisive initiatives that have changed the trajectory of the city.

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Published on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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