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Atlanta-area county commissioners OK sales tax extension to fund MARTA service
[Editor's note: The headline of this article originally posted on Feb. 20 was updated Feb. 21 at 9:39 p.m. CT]
Last week, county commissioners in all four jurisdictions in the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) service area approved a 1-cent sales tax to fund MARTA rail and bus service in Atlanta as well as in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties through 2057.
Approval of the amendment allows MARTA to extend its long-term bonding capacity. The extension was necessary for MARTA to maintain current service levels and capital expenditures, including the rehabilitation of 38 rail stations and the purchase of 254 new rail cars, MARTA officials said in a press release.
The amendment also enables MARTA to advance expansion projects in Atlanta and in Clayton County, as well as continue expansion plans in Fulton and DeKalb counties.
MARTA’s current bonding capacity is about $3.2 billion and includes $538 million in sales receipts collected in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties in 2019, along with an additional half-penny sales tax levied in Atlanta.
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