ATLANTA - Community representatives gathered over the weekend to discuss ways to ease congestion in the metro area.
The meeting comes after the 1 percent sales tax referendum failed in the July primary election. Supporters said the proposed measure, which sparked controversy among communities and civic leaders, was intended to generate $7.2 billion for traffic-related projects in 10 metro counties.
"The referendum may have been defeated. It may have not passed, but the issues around transportation are still here," said Nathaniel Smith, PSE chief equity officer.
Some attendees said the proposed tax failed because many of its supporters failed to listen enough to the community.
"For us it's really about starting with the people first. And then the people will move forward and influence the policy agenda," Smith said.
Allen Fernandez Smith, Urban Habitat
"How do you think where the regional needs are and really investing where that happens,?" he told Channel 2's Sophia Choi.
Such question is among the key questions attendees asked Saturday with participants voting on five issues, including what is your
Once forum participants vote on these issues, PSE will then summarize them and send them off to county and city leaders in September.