A sales tax increase will help fund MARTA expansion projects.
A sales tax increase will help fund MARTA expansion projects.

While much of Election Day was focused on the nail-biting presidential contest, which led to a victory for Republican Donald Trump, three big issues facing Atlantans were also on the ballot.

Atlanta voters approved two sales tax referenda, which will push the city’s sales tax to 8.9 percent. The transportation special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum for street, sidewalk and trail projects was approved by 115,951 votes to 54,632. The sales tax will raise anywhere from $250 to $300 million over the next five years.

Voters also approved a half-penny sales tax for MARTA expansion projects 123,539 to 49,163. The extra sales tax is expected to raise $2.5 billion that would go toward light rail along the Atlanta BeltLine, a new line connecting Lidbergh station to the Emory university campus, and extending the west line to I-285.

Voters across the state said no to a constitutional amendment to create the Opportunity School District (OSD) that would have allowed the state to takeover chronically failing public schools.

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.