By David Pendered
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued two strong challenges today to the group of elected officials overseeing the 2012 referendum for a penny sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.
Reed questioned the decision to hire a team to run the voter education and sales tax campaign that includes no women or persons of color. Reed also called for polls of voters to be scientific rather, than the informal polls conducted in recent months.
Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, responded to Reed’s remarks. Leithead said the team’s leadership will hire local women and minorities and that future polls will be scientific.
The venue was the last meeting of the Atlanta Transportation Roundtable before an unconstrained list of projects is released.
The elected officials heard reports about focus groups and a polls by Kennesaw State University that showed participants think they have a general idea of the purpose of the sales tax program and have a general idea of the kinds of transportations they want in their neighborhoods.
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