Atlanta votes in favor of sales tax extension

ATLANTA — City voters yesterday agreed to extend a 1 percent Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST).

Revenues from the tax are used to support upgrading and maintenance to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. The 1-cent tax applies to most goods purchased in the city and targets non-city residents who use the city’s water and sewer infrastructure, but who do not pay city water and sewer bills.

Voters initially approved the MOST on July 20, 2004, and voters opted to reauthorize the tax in 2008. From 2004 through 2010, it provided more than $700 million to help ensure Atlantans a future of clean, safe drinking water and environmentally sound wastewater treatment, city officials say.

“I am very pleased that the voters of the City of Atlanta today approved the reauthorization of the Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST) for another four years,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. “This ‘yes’ vote will ensure dedicated funding to maintain the city’s critical water and sewer infrastructure and will help prevent residents and business owners from seeing water bills increase by as much as 30 percent.”

He added: “I am grateful that the residents of our city have once again chosen to protect Atlanta’s future.”

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