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Cobb Chamber CEO Endorses TSPLOST

"If TSPLOST doesn't pass, it would be the worst thing that ever happened to Atlanta," David Connell said this week.

David Connell, CEO and President of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, strongly endorsed the regional transportation penny sales tax referendum Thursday at the (ABA) Monthly Luncheon at .

Connell spoke to an audience of about 100 people, which included State Rep. Ed Setzler, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and local business leaders. He discussed Cobb's business strategies that are aimed at creating more jobs and boosting the county's competitiveness.

"These are not strategies to use public funding for chamber marketing," he said. "The purpose is to benefit the prosperity of Cobb County, and not the Cobb Chamber.”

When asked about his take on the TSPLOST, Connell urged local business leaders to vote in favor of the tax's passage.

"If TSPLOST doesn't pass, it would be the worst thing ever happened to Atlanta," said Connell. "It's definitely going to hurt the economic development and job growth of our county."

Ed Setzler, Georgia House District 35 Representative, shook his head during Connell's TSPLOST endorsement, and told Patch that he "profoundly" opposes the tax.

"It will not solve our traffic problems," said Setzler. "The only thing it does is bringing in more revenue."

Do you support the TSPLOST? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

The tax will pass if the . It will be collected for either 10 years or until the expected $8.5 billion in revenues has been collected, whichever comes first.

Projects are listed on either the 85 percent list, which were developed and approved by the Regional Roundtable; or the 15 percent list, which are local rather than regional projects.

Each of Cobb's four district commissioners were allotted $34.69 million to give to projects in their districts. Additionally, the city of Acworth has a list totaling $4.7 million, and the city of Kennesaw has a list totaling $5.77 million.

Of the revenues expected, $689 million is allotted for the proposed bus rapid transit system, which officials said will cover construction costs as well as 10 years of maintenance and operation. Click here to read all about the TSPLOST and see what others are saying about it.

thrasher64 June 30, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Wow! I can think of a lot of other things that has happened to Atlanta, that is worse than not passing TSPLOST. I am a native Atlantan, at the young age of 48. I am voting NO on this issue as I have said so many times in the past....all the local government does around here in Cobb and metro Atlanta is "pay" for outrageous studies about traffic...going back to the late 1980's...and nothing ever comes from the studies. I am very tired of the mis-management of our hard earned money. I hope & pray this measure does NOT pass.
John A Delves July 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I agree completely. a lot worse thing is adding one cent to the cost of a single gallon of gas per dollar. At three dollars I think thats a three cent increase for every gallon you buy? 10 gallons thats 30 cents not one cent.
Brian July 04, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Put it into perspective people - failure to pass will cause Atlanta to gradually lose its place as the perceived capital of the Southeast. Other metro areas will surpass it and businesses will start looking elsewhere.
Mark A July 07, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Your post comes across as just uninformed anti-tax bleating. There is no "Buckhead streetcar" under construction or proposed, which shows what little research you've done. I don't care that you aren't going to vote for the T-SPLOST but I only hope that others won't take any stock in your comment, and will do a little bit of research themselves.
Mark A July 07, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Can't force you to vote yes, I only hope you don't sway others who still have high hopes for this city reaching its true potential, by becoming something other than a poor city surrounded by miles of low density sprawl reaching to alabama and tennessee...

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