Originally Posted by tdawg
I was in LA over the weekend for some strange reason, some of my NY friends brought up this story and none of them (my LA and NY friends) could understand why people would NOT support a 1 cent tax that would raise $8B over 10 years.
Maybe your NY and LA friends need to realize that $8B doesn't just drop out of the sky. That is money that won't be spent on other things - like food, clothes, gas and Marta fares.
And it's a 1 PERCENT tax, not a 1 cent tax. That's a 12.5% increase in the City of Atlanta sales tax rate.
I know we have a transportation mess on our hands but I'm not convinced that this is the way to solve it or that this scheme will improve congestion much if at all. Big ticket items like the Beltline and Clifton branch should stand on their own - not be lumped in with road repaving and intersection improvements.
Also, as a long time Atlanta resident, I sort of resent an extra percentage in sales tax when Fulton and Dekalb taxes have been funding Marta alone all these years.