Nearly 59 percent of DeKalb residents were willing to pay higher taxes to expand transit services, according to a study by The Atlanta Regional Commission. 
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Survey: In DeKalb, more than half are willing to pay more for transit

More than half of DeKalb County’s residents said they are willing to pay more taxes if it means better access to transportation, according to an Atlanta Regional Commission survey. 

The public opinion survey released Friday covers thoughts of metro Atlanta residents on everything, including transportation, housing and culture. 

According to the survey, 58.5 percent of DeKalb residents were willing to pay higher taxes to expand transit services. Results also revealed DeKalb residents were most likely to have problems accessing transportation, with 55 percent indicating they feel expanding public transportation is the best long-term solution to traffic. 

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Though DeKalb residents indicated transportation was a priority for them, only 30.2 percent of those surveyed viewed it as the biggest problem for metro Atlanta. Another 21.6 percent of residents surveyed said crime was the region’s biggest problem. 

Transportation was also a concern for Cobb and Fulton counties, with half their residents saying they would pay more in taxes for transit. According to the survey, 49.4 percent of Cobb residents and 56.3 percent of Fulton residents indicated they would pay more in taxes for transit. 

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People 2 People October 28, 2018

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