The provision would have allowed the Cobb Board of Commissioners to create a special transportation district in south Cobb. If voters approved, the district could have levied a sales tax to support a transit expansion – a tax that would not have been levied in the rest of the county.
The district grew substantially to include about a third of the county before it was struck from the bill Wednesday – a victim of disagreement among Cobb legislators about how large it should be. Some parts of the county are eager for more transit, while others want nothing to do with it.
Like the other 12 counties in the region, Cobb would still be able to hold a countywide transit tax vote – though County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce believes such a vote would fail.
Boyce told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that negotiations over the size of the proposed transportation district continue. He said it could be revived as House and Senate negotiators hash out an agreement on a final transit bill.
The Senate today is expected to pass its own transit legislation – Senate Bill 386.
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