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Ask Mayor Bucky Johnson About TSPLOST

The Norcross mayor will be at 45 South Cafe this Saturday to answer questions about the Transportation Investment Act.

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will be doing a casual Q&A session about the Transportation Investment Act on Saturday at 45 South Cafe, according to the city website.

The TIA, also known as TSPLOST, is a 1-percent sales tax that aims to fund transportation improvements in the metro Atlanta area. Voters will be able to vote on the issue, which has garnered , on the July 31st ballot.

Johnson, who's also the chairman of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Round Table, has been a huge proponent of the TIA. At Saturday's Q&A, he plans to use his intimate knowledge on answering related questions and explaining how the sales tax could support transportation projects.

"I believed an informed voter is the best, and you should be able to get good information out," said Johnson about the he did with Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Charlotte Nash in June.

According to experts, the referendum would fund $8.5 billion during the proposed 10-year tax. In the regions outside of Atlanta, 25 percent of the generated funds will go to local jurisdictions for transportation.

At a PDC meeting in March, Norcross City Engineer Jeff Mueller and the mayor said that the city of Norcross will be receiving only 15 percent, and that amount is estimated to be around $249,000 a year. The city could receive $2.49 million for transportation projects over the course of 10 years.

Johnson and Mueller also shared a , which includes landscaping, lighting and multi-use trails for pedestrians on Mitchell Road and Buford Highway to Brookhollow Parkway, and a continuous flow intersection at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Buford Highway.

For the Q&A session, the mayor will be at , located at 45 S. Peachtree St. in downtown Norcross, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14. The public is welcome to attend.

Joe_Harris July 12, 2012 at 01:11 AM
The passage of this referendum is probably one of the most important votes that we will make regarding the future of Atlanta. The truth is that our transportation infrastructure is horrible. We need to make needed improvements now that will enable us to spend more time out of traffic and have more mobility options.
Bill July 13, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I would not waste my time. TSPLOST is a horrible socialist tax increase. Over a third of the money raised from Gwinnett County voters will go to the city of Atlanta - a cesspool of corruption.
Bill July 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
TSPLOST will not help. It is a wealth transfer to Atlanta and MARTA.

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