"We may need more connector roads between interstates and other major arteries, or we may need something else. But that by its very nature will continue to require increased infusions of tax dollars to keep it running."—Tom Maloy, Powder Springs
"Nobody I know likes to pay taxes. However, for counties and municipalities."—Dan Matthews, Oconee County
Every day, people in 43 Georgia communities talk to one another through Patch, exploring local, state and national issues through the lens of their town, county or neighborhood.
But some issues—like the 2012 referendum on a penny sales tax to pay for transportation improvements in multicounty regions throughout the state—are big enough that we all can benefit from a broader discussion.
With Patch, we have the opportunity to share ideas from Athens to Acworth, from Midtown to Marietta. And maybe if people in these communities talk more often, we can understand the issues, and one another, better.
Many Patch users, bloggers and contributors have already weighed in on the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, most of them against it:
“The regional transportation group expects the taxpayers will willingly vote to raise their taxes another penny through a new TSPLOST—‘ they seem to be saying. From where I stand, the government has not shown itself worthy to ask for more money from our pockets.”—Ray Newman, Dacula
"They can all they want— for a bunch of projects that will not improve my Avondale-Buckhead commute."—KP, Decatur Patch
We learned from Tuesday’s elections that a majority of voters across northern Georgia are willing to pay an extra penny on every dollar they spend to fund local education projects: ESPLOST referendums passed by wide margins in Athens and Oconee, Barrow, Gwinnett, Walton, DeKalb, Fulton, Douglas and Cherokee counties. (Bartow, Forsyth and Walton counties also approved general-purpose SPLOST proposals.)
So, what does that mean for the TSPLOST in 2012? We want to know what people across our Patch communities think, and why.
What are the major transportation issues for Atlanta and surrounding regions?
Does this week's education sales tax success suggest similar success for the TSPLOST next year?
Will you vote for a transportation sales tax? If not, how should road and transit improvements be funded, if at all?
Join the discussion in the comments.