TSPLOST Q&A to Be Held on Twitter July 11
Voters will be able to ask questions about the July 31 transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum.
On Wednesday, July 11, voters will have the opportunity to participate in a Twitter discussion regarding the upcoming transportation referendum.
The Twitter question and answer session will run from 11 a.m. until noon and again from 7 to 8 p.m. Tweeters can send questions to Caleb J. Spivak, Atlantic Station's social media and community manager, who will be moderating the discussion from the mixed-use community's Twitter handle (@AtlanticStation). Answers will come from Saba Long on the Untie Atlanta Twitter handle (@UntieAtlanta). Participants can follow the conversation by using hashtag #UntieATL.
Untie Atlanta, a group funded by Citizens for Transportation Mobility, is supporting the referendum, which would create a penny sales tax increase to pay for road and transit projects across the metro area.
The act called for the establishment of 12 regions within the state. In each region, voters will decide whether to approve a 1-percent, 10-year sales tax for the purpose of funding a specified list of transportation projects. Roughly half the projects on the metro Atlanta project list are mass transit projects, a fact which has generated considerable opposition to the TSPLOST measure.
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In the Dacula area, TSPLOST proceeds are earmarked to fund a bridge upgrade at Dacula Road and Highway 29 and well as the Sugarloaf Parkway extension from Highway 316 to Highway 20 in Buford. Both projects are currently slated for construction between 2016 and 2019.
Several other projects of interest to Dacula area commuters also made the final TSPLOST project list. A $33 million interchange at I-85 and Highway 324 was included, as was a $40 million allocation for Gwinnett’s Express bus service. The list also included a grade separation project at Highway 316 and Harbins Road and a grade separation at Highway 316 and Highway 29.
The TSPLOST initiative also includes discretionary funding for local governments. The city of Dacula stands to receive $1.5 million over the 10-year period. In June, the Dacula City Council unanimously voted to take any TSPLOST revenue, leverage it with Dacula’s regular special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funding and accelerate the city's 5-year transportation plan.
For more information about TSPLOST, please see the following:
- Why I Am Voting NO on TSPLOST
- TSPLOST Opposition Fighting to Educate Public
- Do You Feel Pressured to Support TSPLOST?
- Transportation Investment Act (TSPLOST) Dacula Town Hall Meeting to Be Held July 19
- County Will Use Portion of TSPLOST Funds to Finish SPLOST
- Gov. Deal Strongly Endorses TSPLOST
- Council Decides How Potential TSPLOST Proceeds Will Be Spent
- TSPLOST Project List Finalized
- The People Will Decide on TSPLOST
- Vote for TSPLOST? Not a Chance
- TSPLOST: Great Idea or Boondoggle?
- Georgia Sierra Club: Voters Should Say ‘No’ to TSPLOST
- GDOT Releases Updated TSPLOST Projections
- Are You Ready For Some TSPLOST?
- Johnson: TSPLOST Vote 'Once in a Lifetime' Event