Suburban Atlanta voters hated T-SPLOST

Voters across the Atlanta area rejected a proposed transportation tax this week, but its most spectacular failure was in suburban communities. Only Fulton County and DeKalb County voters came close to passing the measure, which would have funded a long list of regional transportation projects with an extra 1 percent sales tax.

Overall, just 38 percent of voters in the 10-county Atlanta area supported it, and 62 percent were opposed.

The initiative was narrowly defeated in the city’s two most urban counties during the July 31 election. About 49 percent of voters backed the measure in both Fulton and DeKalb counties, short of the majority needed for passage.

Opposition was much stronger in the suburbs. In Cherokee County, 79.5 percent of voters cast “no” votes. Excluding Fulton and DeKalb counties, the rest of the region was against the new tax by a 70-30 margin.

Here’s the county-by-county breakdown:

County………….Yes%/No%
Cherokee………..20.5/79.5
Clayton…………46/54
Cobb……………31/69
DeKalb………….49/51
Douglas…………32/68
Fayette…………23.5/76.5
Fulton………….49/51
Gwinnett………..29/71
Henry…………..29/71
Rockdale………..30/70

Almost everyone made up their mind about how to vote on T-SPLOST by the time they got to the polls, with only 0.6 percent of voters leaving the T-SPLOST question blank in the Atlanta area.

Including blank votes, the region-wide vote breakdown comes to 37.4 percent in favor, 62 percent against and 0.6 percent not answering the T-SPLOST question.

Sources: Georgia Secretary of State county-level election results.

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