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Video: East Cobbers Sound Off on TSPLOST

Many residents attending a Tuesday town-hall meeting were skeptical that the regional sales tax would benefit them. Smyrna transportation town-hall meeting set for Thursday.

A strong majority of East Cobb residents attending a town-hall meeting Tuesday about next year's Atlanta regional transportation SPLOST referendum said they oppose the penny sales tax. 

Many told state lawmakers at the hearing, moderated by state Sen. Judson Hill (R-East Cobb), that they doubt the nearly $1.2 billion collected for Cobb projects over 10 years would benefit them.

On Thursday night at Smyrna’s there will be another open forum to discuss the various initiatives and projects within the proposed transportation project list.

The forum, which will be hosted by Sen. Doug Stoner (D-Smyrna) and Representatives Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) and David Wilkerson (D-Austell), will be from at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the park located at 3180 Atlanta Road.

On Tuesday, East Cobbers were especially scornful of the proposed $856 million that would connect the Arts Center MARTA station in Midtown Atlanta with the Cumberland area, the first phase of a projected long-term Northwest Corridor transit plan that would reach Acworth. 

The only road project on the current recommendation list that's in East Cobb is a new connector between Windy Hill Road and Terrell Mill Road along Interstate 75, and some citizens questioned the need for that $26 million expense.

But other East Cobb citizens expressed support for the TSPLOST, which would collect an estimated $6.14 billion for projects across a 10-county metro Atlanta area if voters approve it in July. 

One of those citizens was East Cobb Patch Local Voices blogger Mike Holzknecht, who reiterated concerns he made in a blog post over the weekend that Atlanta as a Southern regional transportation leader. 

The final deadline for projects that will be placed before voters is Oct. 15, and two more TSPLOST hearings are scheduled in Cobb on Thursday.

Here's The Marietta Daily Journal's story from Tuesday's meeting.

Barbara Baggerman September 13, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Can you expand on the statement that "East Cobbers were especially scornful" of the proposed Cumberland light-rail project? What were their objections?
Hunt Archbold (Editor) September 14, 2011 at 01:38 PM
While I was not at the East Cobb meeting, the general issue that residents had at that meeting and others like it is that they don't believe it will solve the current traffic congestion issue. That and being taxed in a recession. You might want to contact the writer, East Cobb Patch Editor Wendy Parker (wendy.parker@patch.com), and/or take a look at The Marietta Daily Journal's coverage from that town-hall meeting. http://www.mdjonline.com/view/full_story/15410189/article-East-Cobbers-slam-TSPLOST?

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