The Clayton County Commission voted, Tuesday night, to authorize a binding MARTA referendum for the November General Election. Clayton County residents would be asked if they support a half-penny sales tax to fund MARTA operations in their community.
Friends of Clayton Transit founder Roberta Abdul-Salaam was critical of the Clayton County Commission's actions.
"You give a half a penny, you get half the service,. You give a half a penny, you get half the commitment." Abdul-Salaam said. "99.5% won't do."
Roberta Abdul-Salaam said she agreed with her former colleague, state Senator Gail Davenport, who believes the half penny tax approved by commissioners is a smoke screen to kill the entire prospect of MARTA trains and buses in Clayton County.
"I think they know that's the potential for shutting down the whole deal," Abdul-Salaam, a former state Representative said. "And then they can point the finger, and say it wasn't us. It was MARTA."
News reports indicate that the MARTA board, which is made up of delegates from the City of Atlanta, DeKalb, and Fulton counties, will not accept Clayton County unless they are a full paying member of the transit authority.
Still, Abdul-Salaam said Friends of Clayton Transit would continue to fight for a full penny MARTA tax.
Friends of Clayton Transit Founder Vows to Keep Fighting for Full Penny MARTA Tax