The sales tax would raise $4.9 billion over 40 years to help pay for the improvements, but would still require federal funding to cover a quarter of the cost.
State lawmakers must approve legislation to allow the vote to occur. Legislation authorizing the vote and possibly state funding of mass transit in Georgia could come this week. But approval is no sure thing.
House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, has pressed MARTA to pay for some improvements with the existing 1-cent MARTA tax that Fulton County residents have been paying for more than 40 years.
“The leadership of our (legislative) delegation and the state House is expressing concern,” County Commissioner Liz Hausmann said Monday. “I think we should pay attention to that.”
MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe, who attended Monday’s meeting, said the agency “tries very hard to provide as much service as we can within our limited budget.”
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