The Atlanta BeltLine held a quarterly briefing at Park Tavern in Midtown on Monday night, giving attendees an update on various projects and information on the two referendums that would increase the city’s sales tax to fund MARTA expansion and city of Atlanta transportation infrastructure. Both referendums will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot in Atlanta only.

In July, the Atlanta City Council voted to put the transportation special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum on the November ballot, asking for an 0.4 percent increase for street, sidewalk and trail projects. If approved by voters, it would raise anywhere from $250 million to $300 million over the next five years. In June, the council approved a half-penny sales tax referendum for MARTA expansion projects.

If voters approve both referendums, it would push the city’s sales tax from 8 to 8.9 percent – the highest in the metro area.

Tom Weyandt, former director of comprehensive planning at the Atlanta Regional Commission who is advising the city on the TSPLOST, said he is optimistic that both TSPLOST referendums will pass. He said there had been community outreach and that residents understood how necessary funding transportation was for the city.

MARTA has launched a new website at moremarta.com to educate voters on what passage of the sales tax referendum and the various projects involved.

You can see a recap of the main topics, maps, and diagrams of BeltLine projects discussed at last night’s meeting at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.