Even with Addition of Reed, Transportation Panel’s Makeup Upsets Urban Leaders
(AJC) — With a regional referendum and billions in transportation dollars at stake, House Speaker David Ralston was trying to quell an urban backlash. But adding Atlanta’s mayor to the panel taking first crack at a metrowide project list hasn’t placated some key Fulton and DeKalb leaders, who still say they’re being marginalized under the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, or House Bill 277. “Kasim Reed is the mayor of Atlanta,” Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said. “He’s not the mayor of Fulton County. Similarly unimpressed south Fulton Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards said he’ll “absolutely” campaign against the sales tax going on an August 2012 ballot, unless the Legislature alters the structure of the 21-member, suburb-weighted “roundtable.” He also wants lawmakers to rethink having Fulton and DeKalb residents, already paying a penny tax for MARTA, pay 2 cents for transportation while other core counties pay 1 cent.