Monday, May 14, 2012
Cherokee County Commission Chair Buzz Ahrens and Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques will join the call to discuss the regional transportation referendum.
Before you vote on July 31, call in to talk about the transportation referendum issues with Cherokee legislators. The "Wireside Chat," inspired by President Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chat” during World War II in which he detailed the progress of the war while citizens followed along at home using a world map, will connect local elected officials with residents of the region, according to a news release. During these phone calls, residents can ask questions about the projects on the list and follow along using a regional map. Cherokee County Commission Chair Buzz Ahrens and Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques will field calls on June 13 at 6:15 p.m. “Mayor Henriques and I look forward to speaking with potentially thousands of our friends and …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Supporters of the 10-year, 10-county, transportation sales tax are raising money to educate voters.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Metro Atlanta Chamber President Sam Williams were among supporters of the regional transportation sales tax referendum who lobbied for its passage Tuesday night in Alpharetta. The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce held a fundraiser to answer questions about the TSPLOST referendum, which will go before voters July 31. They also were ready to collect checks on behalf of Citizens for Transportation Mobility to continue what they call an education process. Thus far, the proposed 10-county, 10-year, 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects has not proved popular in Cherokee County. Andy Macke, who heads the North Fulton Chamber's push to get the 1 percent regional sales tax passed, touted a predicted 4-to-…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Opponents announce the launch of TrafficTruth.net as supporters roll out untieatlanta.com.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
As proponents of a proposed regional transportation sales tax unveiled a new website on Wednesday, those on the other side have launched a grassroots campaign to inform voters of what it says is the truth about the tax. Approximately 75 grassroots activists representing several organizations, along with elected officials who opposed the one percent transportation sales tax, gathered at Adventure Outdoors in Marietta to discuss the proposed one percent sales tax statewide referendum. “We put out the invitation to various grassroots organizers to meet under one roof and learn more about this tax,” said Jack Staver, chairman of the grassroots effort, Transportation Leadership Coalition. “We were very pleased with the response from across the …
Friday, October 28, 2011
If the Ed-SPLOST doesn't pass in November, officials say property taxes will need to be raised.
A continuation of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is on the ballot this November, and Cherokee County School District officials say other taxes could increase if it’s not passed. Superintendent Frank Petruzielo said in an email that if Cherokee County residents vote down the Ed-SPLOST, the Board of Education could vote in July to increase property taxes by 3.9 mills to continue making bond debt payments, which equates to approximately $320 a year for the average property owner. “That not only hits all property owners in the wallet, it also can lower property values, stymie economic development and lead to inflation in costs for goods and services,” Petruzielo said. The state gives school systems very little funding for…
Friday, October 14, 2011
Now it's up to voters to decide if they get built. Residents will vote on a regional, 10-year penny sales tax on July 31, 2012.
By a unanimous vote, leaders from across metro Atlanta on Thursday approved a $6.14 billion package of road improvements to be funded by a regional penny sales tax referendum on the ballot next summer. The Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable "acted today to put forward a set of 157 key transportation projects to voters next year that can combat congestion, create and support jobs and enhance the quality of life for residents around the 10-county Atlanta region," said Bucky Johnson, the mayor of Norcross and the chairman of the Roundtable. "This final list of investments will move us forward and make sure the Atlanta region remains competitive well." Four Cherokee County transportation projects made the final list, which was cut from…
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Four Cherokee projects are on the list. Residents will have a chance in July 2012 to determine if they get built by voting on a regional, 10-year penny sales tax.
Leaders from across metro Atlanta will meet this morning to vote on a $6.14 billion package of road improvements to be funded by a regional penny sales tax referendum on the ballot next summer. Four Cherokee projects are on the list that the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable will consider when it meets at 9 this morning. They include: "As a voter, you will have a chance in 2012 to determine whether these projects get built by voting on a regional, 10-year penny sales tax," said Bucky Johnson, the mayor of Norcross and chairman of the Roundtable. While 85 percent of the funding will pay for the projects that make the final list, the remaining 15 percent will go to each individual county for local improvements of their choosing, …