Voters in Reporter Newspapers communities will find statewide and some local referendum questions on the Nov. 8 ballot. The following is a guide to Reporter coverage of some key questions. Click the links for full coverage.

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Opportunity School District

Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal, appearing on all ballots, seeks authority for the state to take control of schools deemed to be chronically failing. Among the possible schools affected are two DeKalb County schools in Brookhaven.

In recent commentaries, state Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) wrote in support of the Opportunity School District proposal, while state Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) wrote in opposition.

Atlanta TSPLOST and MARTA taxes

Voters in the city of Atlanta will decide two transportation funding referendums. One question is about a 0.4 percent transportation local option sales tax (TSPLOST) for street, sidewalk and trail projects. The other question is about a 0.5 percent sales tax increase for MARTA funding.

MARTA has a website about its funding question at

Sandy Springs TSPLOST

Voters in Sandy Springs will decide a TSPLOST question that would increase Fulton County’s sales tax by 0.75 percent, with the city’s portion of the revenues going to a list of nine specific projects or programs.

The city’s web page about the TSPLOST question and projects is at

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.