On November 8, 2016 voters in Fulton County will consider a 5-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation Purposes (TSPLOST), and City of Atlanta Voters will consider a 5 year TSPLOST and a MARTA transit sales tax. These referenda were made possible through SB369 adopted during the 2016 legislative session of the General Assembly. Download a printable version HERE.
|Fulton County||City of Atlanta|
|When do you vote?||November 8th (early voting begins October 17th)||November 8th (early voting begins October 17th)||November 8th (early voting begins October 17th)|
|What's on the ballot?||"Shall an additional 0.75 percent sales tax be collected in part of FULTON County outside of the City of Atlanta for Five years for the purpose of transportation improvements and congestion|
|“Shall an additional 0.4percent sales tax be collected in the City of Atlanta for 5 years for the purpose of transportation improvements and congestion reduction?”||"Shall an additional sales tax of 0.5 percent be collected in the City of Atlanta for the purpose of significantly expanding and enhancing MARTA transit service in the City of Atlanta?"|
|What types of projects will be funded?||The Fulton County TSPLOST projects are categorized as Congestion Relief / Roadway Projects; Operations & Safety; Maintenance; Pedestrian /Bike-Landscape / Streetscape Projects||The City of Atlanta TSPLOST will fund major projects like completing the Atlanta BeltLine 22-mile loop, 15 complete streets projects, major pedestrian and bicycle improvements across the City, and high-tech traffic signal optimization.||The City of Atlanta MARTA sales tax will fund major enhancements and expansions to the transit system including light rail on the Atlanta BeltLine, heavy rail transit, increased bus routes, expanded frequency of existing bus routes, new infill stations along heavy rail lines and improvement to a number of existing stations. Find info at moremarta.com|
|What projects will be funded?||See Master Project List for North Fulton HERE|
and South Fulton HERE
or on the County's interactive map!
|See Master Project List HERE|
or on the City's interactive map!
|See Master Project List HEREor on the City's interactive map!|
|When will tax be implemented?||Collection will start on April 1, 2017||Collection will start on April 1, 2017||Collection will start on January 1, 2017|
|How long will it last?||5 years||5 years||The new 0.5% sales tax will match the lifespan of the current MARTA tax, set to expire year 2057|
|How much revenue will be raised?||The Fulton County (outside the City of Atlanta) TSPLOST will generate approximately $570 million for road and infrastructure improvements in the County.||The Atlanta TSPLOST will generate $260 million which will be leveraged to generate over $380 million for road and infrastructure improvements in the City.||The Atlanta MARTA sales tax could generate approximately $2.5 billion for transit enhancements inside the City, not including possible federal matching dollars.|
|Who will manage the funds raised?||Revenue collected from the Fulton County TSLPOST will be distributed to cities in Fulton County (outside City of Atlanta) based on population and will be locally managed and allocated for projects by the local municipality.||Revenue collected from the City of Atlanta TSLPOST will be managed locally by City of Atlanta transportation officials.||Revenue collected from the MARTA transit sales tax will be managed and allocated for transit enhancement and improvement projects by MARTA.|
|If all referendums pass, what will your total sales tax rate increase to?||The Fulton County sales tax rate will increase from 7% to 7.75%||If both the City of Atlanta TSPLOST and MARTA referendums pass, the City of Atlanta sales tax rate will increase from 8% to 8.9%||If both the City of Atlanta TSPLOST and MARTA referendums pass, the City of Atlanta sales tax rate will increase from 8% to 8.9%|
|Will this impact other current or future transportation funding?||The code specifically states that the proceeds of this tax are not subject to any balancing formulas used by GDOT.|
The Code also clearly states that the funds raised by TSPLOST shall in no way diminish the percentage of state (HB170 dollars) or federal
funds allocated to Fulton County.
|The funds raised by the TSPLOST shall in no way diminish the percentage of state (HB170 dollars) or federal|
funds allocated to the City of Atlanta. Additionally, the Renew Atlanta $250 million bond program revenue and improvements will continue to be implemented.
|The funds raised by the MARTA transit sales tax shall in no way diminish the percentage of potential future state or federal
funds allocated for transit in the City of Atlanta.
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