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Voters say no to transportation tax referendum

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ATLANTA -

With 63 percent of the voters saying no, the transportation tax referendum was soundly defeated on Tuesday.

The 10-year, 1 percent sales tax increase would have generated more than $7 billion for projects in the metro Atlanta area. The measure had the support of many business and civic leaders, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

Supporters spent millions on TV and radio ads pitching the transportation tax as a way to reduce gridlock and create jobs in metro Atlanta.

In the end, it appeared that voters sided with groups such as the Atlanta Tea Party, the Sierra Club and the NAACP to reject the proposal.

"This should send a wake-up call to elected officials that is that the people are tired of you asking for our tax money when you have not proven that you can spend what you have wisely," said Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party.

That sentiment was shared by Mayor Reed, who said he would work with T-SPLOST's opponents to come up with an alternative solution to Atlanta's traffic problems.

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