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Is the TSPLOST Ballot Preamble Biased?

The TSPLOST ballot preamble is being criticized for its possible bias. Recent survey shows support for tax losing ground.

On July 31, voters in Buckhead and the rest of the 10-county metropolitan region will cast their ballots on the Transportation Investment Act to decide whether to establish a one-cent special

The phrasing of the ballot question's preamble has been criticized for being biased.

It reads: "Provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight"

Attorney Pitts Carr told WSB-TV, "Create jobs? Stop congestion? Who wouldn't vote for that?"

The attorney has been hired by referendum opponents to find out how that language, which was OK’d by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, was approved for the ballot when it was not part of the original law.

What do you think? Is the TSPLOST ballot preamble biased? Tell us in the comments below.

It is now less than four weeks until metro Atlanta residents head to the polls to vote on a referendum that will fund more than $6 billion in transportation improvements through a regional sales tax.

And by the results of a recent poll, the proposed tax is losing steam as the referendum voting date approaches. A poll by Rosetta Stone Communications for WSB-TV last week showed that only 38 percent of voters surveyed in the 10-county metro region are in favor of the sales tax.

That is down four percentage points from a late May polling. That month, 45 percent of those surveyed were opposed the new sales tax and last week’s numbers indicated that now 49 percent are against it.

The most recent survey showed that Fulton and DeKalb voters combine for 50 percent 'for' and 32 percent 'against' the tax. But the other eight counties - Cobb, Cherokee, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale – are against it. 

How will you vote?

Laura Martin July 06, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I will vote NO, because as John Smith so eloquently said - politicians LIE,
Bryan Farley July 06, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Improve roads and increased transit will always promote economic growth. Finally, the area's politicians work together and come up with a REGIONAL plan and everyone has something to say. How is anything going to get fixed by just simply always voting no on something because it isn't perfect? If this fails it will be far from ATL's death but will shorten the gap that we have over competitors. It will keep our highways packed, mainly in the suburbs, oddly enough where most of the opposition is. It will continue to allow a world class area like ATL to have a third world public transit system. When the jobs leave and other companies go else where then and only then will the NO voters realize that doing nothing is a mistake. When the federal government, which just passed the transportation investment which focused on public transit, gives money to other areas that are investing in their future and projects that are needed in the area for rail and bus expansion and road constrution and improvements then we'll be the ones looking stupid. All because of the NO voters that try to find every little thing wrong. I'm voting yes to progress!
Joe_Harris July 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I'm also voting yes for progress. The transportation infrastructure that is present in Atlanta is in beyond need of repair. We need road improvement programs, alternative mobility options and transit improvement so that we can begin to see our city move forward. The last time a major push was put onto our traffic infrastructure was when the Olympics came to town. We need to raise funds so that our transportation measures can be up to par.
Chris H July 06, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Voting "No" just because you think Politicians lie is really misguided. And you can't make the argument of the 400 toll extension will be the same thing that will happen to the T-SPLOST. Here is the FAQ doc that has answers to this (400 toll) and many, many more questions reguarding the T-SPLOST. http://www.metroatlantatransportationreferendum.com/documents/FAQ_june_6-4-12.pdf
Scott July 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM
I think the point should be made that we are considering handing government officials and bureaucrats nearly $8.5BILLION!!!...at least that's what the estimates I last saw mention...face it...traffic problems or not, putting that kind of money in the hands of those who purportedly know what's best is TRULY frightening! Their record should speak for itself!..A big 'ol NO vote here!

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