The City of Atlanta has three ballot measures that, if passed by voters on May 24, will result in significant investments in the city’s infrastructure and economy. Voters have the opportunity to pass the measures – two bonds and the renewal of a special sales tax – which will dedicate $750 million to vital transportation, recreation, public safety and arts projects across the city.
The City of Atlanta has identified significant infrastructure needs in streets, sidewalks, parks, recreation centers and public safety facilities. To address these needs, the City of Atlanta has prepared a $750 million infrastructure program for the next five years. Atlanta voters will be asked on May 24 to approve three infrastructure-related questions. Below you will find detailed information on the following:
- Each ballot measure
- List of projects, unanimously adopted by the Atlanta City Council in December 2021
- Project selection methodology
- How the city built internal capacity to deliver projects on time and on budget
The City of Atlanta will host several public educational meetings in April and May. Meetings will be posted on the City’s website.
Complete list of projects (PDF version)
Complete list of projects (Excel version)
Voters will have the opportunity to vote on each of these three measures in the May 24 ballot. Early voting begins May 2. Visit sos.ga.gov to register, find your polling location, and access a sample ballot.
The first two ballot measures are infrastructure bonds totaling $400 million. A $210 million bond will cover vertical infrastructure such as police facilities, fire stations, recreation centers and other parks and recreation facilities. A second bond of $190 million will focus on horizontal infrastructure, including transportation and parks. Both of these bonds are general bonds (GOs) which have long been the main source of funding for capital investments to replace and expand the city’s infrastructure.
The third measure in the vote is a renewal of the TSPLOST (Special Purpose Local Sales Tax for Transportation) program that would generate $350 million for transportation projects. Atlanta’s TSPLOST is a sales tax of 4/10 of a penny, applied to most purchases made in the city. By law, a TSPLOST can only be used for certain transportation capital projects. Atlanta voters approved the first TSPLOST program in 2016, which expired this year.
Of the $750 million program, the largest investment category is transportation infrastructure at $460.2 million. The second largest category is parks, recreation and the arts with $161.4 million. The third category is public safety with $92.3 million. And the final category is $36 million for local district funds. Each district’s council member will be able to allocate $3 million to neighborhood projects not already covered by the citywide investments in the package.
TRANSPORT & TRAILS
(Photo: Proctor Creek Greenway built with TSPLOST 1.0 and RENEW funds)
The city has invested in building its internal capacity to plan, design, and execute transportation projects, including the creation of the first-ever Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) in 2020. To establish the list of transportation projects, ATLDOT has developed the framework below using advanced analytics. and other best practices.
These funds represent an investment in improving safety, equity and mobility, while maintaining the city’s infrastructure in good condition, with the best returns on investment.
The $460 million in proposed transportation investments include the following categories:
- $196.5 million for sidewalks and trails
- $108 million for safe street projects and protected bike lane projects
- $40 million for bridges and bridge matching funds to secure funds for federal infrastructure bills
- $32 million for street repairs
- $10 million for traffic and pedestrian lights
- $39M for overhead, including engineering management services
- $31.5 million for an inflation reserve fund to guarantee the realization of projects
- $3.2 million for Georgia sales tax administration costs
PARKS, RECREATION AND ARTS
(Photo: MLK Jr. Recreation & Aquatic Center, built with RENEW Bond Funds)
The City proposes to invest $161.4M in parks, recreation and the arts in the following categories:
- $72.8 million for recreation centers and swimming pools
- $64.6 million for park improvements
- $15 million for the arts
- $9 million for the maintenance of parks and recreational facilities and the renovation of greenhouses
(Photo: Fire Station No. 1 renovated with RENEW Bond Funds)
The City proposes to invest $92.4M in public safety facilities in the following categories:
- $69.3 million for installations and renovations of police and fire stations
- $15 million for the 911 call center
- $8 million for the Diversion and Services Center
LOCAL DISTRICT FUNDS
The city proposes to invest $36 million in local district funds. Each district council member will be able to allocate $3 million to neighborhood projects not already covered by the citywide investments in the package.