Get the Facts about the MARTA referendum passed as SB 369
SB 369 as Passed House and Senate April 4, 2016
Summary provided by Todd Long, COO, Fulton County
Senate Bill 369, as amended by Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, assists MARTA, the City of Atlanta, and the areas of Fulton County outside of Atlanta to address the critical transportation needs of all the residents of Fulton County. Specifically, the bill as amended does the following:
- Amends the MARTA Act to permit MARTA and the City of Atlanta to improve the transit needs inside the city. MARTA and Atlanta will formulate a list of critical transit needs in the city and the city will be permitted in November, 2016 to ask the voters of Atlanta to approve an additional sales tax up to 1⁄2 penny to fund these additional transit projects in the city. The City of Atlanta will be able to call for the referendum that can take place as early as November, 2016, or, if so desired, November, 2017.
- Amends HB 170 passed last year to allow for two different transportation service districts in an effort to address different transportation needs thereby allowing a transportation SPLOST for those Fulton County areas outside of the City of Atlanta and those areas exclusively inside the City of Atlanta.
- For the Fulton County area outside of the City of Atlanta the different city and county commission representing the citizens in unincorporated Fulton County may develop a list of transportation projects to address the critical needs in the different areas of the county. A TSPLOST tax of up to 0.75% can be approved. The overall list must be approved by these local officials representing at least 60% of the Fulton population outside of the City of Atlanta. The referendum may take place in any general election after July 1, 2016.
- For the City of Atlanta, the city may develop a list of transportation projects to address the critical needs within the city limits in Atlanta. A TSPLOST tax of up to 0.75% can be approved. However, if the City of Atlanta pursues a MARTA tax of 0.5%, the max rate for TSPLOST is 0.5%. The recommended list must then be approved by the County Commission in order to place it on the ballot for a referendum in Fulton County inside the City of Atlanta. The referendum may take place in any general election after July 1, 2016.
- The Fulton County Commission is charged with calling for a referendum after the local governments inside and outside the City of Atlanta submit a proposed list of transportation projects.