DeKalb CEO Pushes To Repave Roads With Possible New Tax

May 17, 2017
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DeKalb County's CEO is looking to drum up support for a new sales tax.

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If voters approve a one-penny sales tax referendum, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond said it could generate almost half a billion dollars in the next five years. He wants to use a lot of that money to improve roads.

Population Growth Has Cobb Considering Sales Tax Renewal

Mar 8, 2017

Cobb County says it is going to need to renew a special local option sales tax for education, also known a Ed-SPLOST, because its school district says it’s expecting a lot more students in the next few years.

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The Cobb County School District’s latest projections show more children are being born in the county right now, which will mean in a few years, schools will need to make room for them.



Closer Look: Amendment 1; Angela Rye; And More

Oct 27, 2016
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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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For decades, Gwinnett County has had opportunities to join MARTA and build rail service, but voters have turned down every proposal so far.

Rev. Harriett Bradley missed her bus transfer to get from Norcross to Lawrenceville so she ended up taking Uber to get to the Sierra Club transit forum earlier this month. She told the crowd that because buses quit running in the evening, she would have to take Uber home. 

Peachtree Ridge High School

Gwinnett County residents voted Tuesday to continue funding new school buildings and renovations through a special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST for short.

The vote to continue the Education SPLOST passed by a landslide in Gwinnett – with 17,686 voters, or about 74.6 percent of total votes, saying yes. The county's 1 percent sales tax will fund a projected $950 million worth of building and renovation projects for schools.

Georgia Senate Proposes T-SPLOST Reboot

Mar 19, 2015
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A Georgia Senate committee unveiled a new plan it says could help unclog roads in metro Atlanta.

The plan is part of the newly rewritten House bill 106, and is a twist on a transportation proposal that was widely known as T-SPLOST. The penny sales tax referendum failed in most regions of Georgia nearly three years ago, including metro Atlanta.

A couple embrace in Marietta Square in Cobb County.
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Parts of Marietta Square are getting a facelift.

Mill Street and Cherokee Street will be first on the list with work beginning early next year to widen some sidewalks and plant trees.

Sally Pullano of Powder Springs heard about the plans and headed to the square today.

“I thought we’d come and walk around and see it before it’s all kind of messed up, you know, because it’s always beautiful,” said Pullano.

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Georgians will head to the polls Tuesday to vote for governor and U.S. Senate. But they’ll also face some ‘ballot initiatives,’ those questions that come at the end of the ticket. This year, Cobb residents decide whether to renew a one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST.

The tax would fund a long list of projects that include upgrading roads, bridges, and drainage systems.

Rockdale County education officials want to create a state-of-the art security system in the county’s 21 public schools.

Its new security plan would cost just under $5 million.

Schools spokesperson Cindy Ball says some of the schools need construction changes to improve security. Right, Ball says some schools allow more than one entry point. Renovation would create new entry ways that would limit visitors’ access to the school office or a check-in area.