“Traffic is the problem and TSPLOST is an answer,” says Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul in a newly released video promoting the transportation special local option sales tax that will appear on Fulton County’s Nov. 8 ballot.
The video shows the mayor outside MARTA stations, walking down sidewalks and standing in the city’s traffic camera center–between clips of local traffic jams–as he touts the 0.75 sales tax boost as helping to solve vehicle congestion.
If approved, the five-year sales tax boost would be county-wide, but the revenue would be split among cities for use on specific projects. Sandy Springs is estimated to receive $101 million to $119 million. The city has a list of nine TSPLOST projects, including traffic signal improvements, sidewalk construction, a connection to Buckhead’s PATH400 multi-use trail, and “last-mile connectivity” to MARTA stations by paths or possibly alternative transit.
While Paul mentions some of those projects in the video, he does not directly describe two locally controversial ones: planning for a possible widening of Hammond Drive and turning the Mount Vernon Highway/Johnson Ferry Road intersection into dual roundabouts.
All of the projects were vetted in public input meetings where residents could vote for favorite projects with stickers or online comments.
The video directs viewers to the city’s TSPLOST web page here.
Leadership Sandy Springs will hold a lunch discussion about TSPLOST and its projects on Oct. 20 at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel, with RSVPs required by Oct. 13. The discussion panel will include Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough; Fulton County Chief Operating Officer Todd Long; and Benita Dodd, vice president of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. For more information and registration, go here.