Fulton County voters narrowly approved a 0.75 sales tax increase to fund transportation projects, including a list of nine plans and programs in Sandy Springs.
The ballot question had 52.8 percent of voters saying “yes,” according to unofficial county election results.
The Fulton sales tax will increase to 7.75 percent under the question, raising an estimated maximum of $119 million for Sandy Springs. The city proposes using the funds to speed along projects ranging from traffic-signal timing to studying a controversial widening of Hammond Drive to planning for possible alternative mass transit in Perimeter Center. Other Fulton cities and unincorporated areas will receive funds, too.
“We took a regional issue, traffic congestion, and worked collaboratively on a strategy to create change,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul in a written statement. “Each community benefits through the local projects, and as a collective region, we all benefit. The process, and the outcome, has been a very positive experience.”
The sales tax increase does not apply to the part of Fulton within the city of Atlanta, which has its own, separate TSPLOST question this year.