Metro Atlanta transportation tax: Elected officials ask regional planners to cut $23 billion list in half
By David Pendered
Four metro Atlanta politicians who are to lead the process of deciding which transportation projects to fund with a proposed penny sales tax today passed the first part of the task to regional planners.
The Atlanta Regional Commission was charged with cutting the wish list of transportation projects in half – from $23 billion to $11.5 billion.
The Executive Committee of the Atlanta Regional Roundtable voted 4-0 to have the ARC take a first pass at the wish list.
The elected officials who voted to have the ARC cut the list were: B.J. Mathis, chairman of the Henry County commission; Tom Worthan, chair of the Douglas County commission; Bill Floyd, mayor of Decatur; and Mark Mathews, mayor of Kennesaw.
The fifth committee member, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, did not attend the morning meeting at the ARC headquarters.
Check back for an update later today.