The City of Atlanta has an infrastructure backlog of nearly one billion dollars. This means, simply put, that there are a billion dollars worth of projects that have been either delayed or just ignored due to lack of funding. We’re talking about $25 million worth of handicap ramp replacement/installation projects, millions of dollars of street resurfacing, the replacement of several firehouses and dozens of other projects that city planners and citizens have deemed necessary for improvement. It’s kind of a big deal.
There’s going to be a bond referendum on these projects in March of 2015 (because, really, why put such an important measure on the ballot in November when voter turnout is so high for the hotly contested Senate seat and the Governorship when you can put it on the ballot in the middle of March?). This means that there’s a potential tax increase, but a potential improvement of critical city infrastructure. If you live in the City of Atlanta, you need to learn more about the 304 proposed projects that this bond referendum would help fund: check out this interactive Atlanta Infrastructure Map to get an idea of where this money will be spent and how it will impact our city. A few minutes on this site and you will be smarter, and a much more interesting person to chat with at your next cocktail party.
Alternatively, you could watch this scintillating video produced by the City of Atlanta on the subject:
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