MARTA Will Not Extend to Johns Creek

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    This week the Johns Creek City Council passed a resolution opposing any expansion of MARTA into the city. The council was quoted saying the current MARTA system is flawed and cannot provide an effective commuter rail system.

    Johns Creek officials are not happy about a proposed ½ percent tax increase for MARTA. Council members say they already pay a 1 percent sales tax dedicated to the transportation system and that it has limited value to residents.

    The resolution approved by the council is titled – “A RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROPOSED TAX INCREASE BY MARTA BY AN ADDITIONAL ½% (PERCENT).”
    The complete content is below:

    WHEREAS, it is the duty and obligation of the Mayor and City Council of the City of Johns Creek to represent the will and desire of their residents and businesses; and
    WHEREAS, the taxpayers of the City of Johns Creek have been paying a 1% sales tax dedicated to funding MARTA with limited value to the residents of the City of Johns Creek;
    WHEREAS, the State of Georgia has no overall transportation plan yet increased taxes by $1B per year to fund unspecified transportation projects; and
    WHEREAS, the State of Georgia passed this legislation without any attempt to cut spending and reallocate resources before raising taxes; and
    WHEREAS, the expansion of MARTA will provide limited benefit to the residents of the City of Johns Creek; and
    WHEREAS, the inherent design of MARTA is flawed and cannot serve as an effective commuter rail system; and
    WHEREAS, the expansion of MARTA would increase the volume of traffic at the most congested intersections; and
    WHEREAS, the expansion of MARTA would increase the volume of traffic through the City of Johns Creek as users of MARTA; and
    WHEREAS, the expansion of MARTA would increase high-density housing further increasing traffic, straining the public school system, eroding the residential character of the surrounding areas and reducing property values; and
    WHEREAS, the taxpayers in the City of Johns Creek do not wish to be further taxed and do not support the expansion of MARTA in or around the City of Johns Creek; and
    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Johns Creek while in Regular Session on November 16, 2015, that: The City Council hereby respectfully states its full and complete opposition to any referendum vote that would provide for increased MARTA taxes in Fulton County.

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    Source:
    Atlanta Business Chronicle

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