It seems that the Clayton County BOC realized that they were going to get the shaft by covering the shortfall of the Atlanta-Lovejoy line:
The Clayton County Commission rescinded a 2005 resolution in which the county pledged to cover the transit line’s operating deficit — estimated at $4 million a year — for 50 years.
The commissioners insist they support the commuter rail line but now say they want a better deal from the state. The 2005 resolution puts the county on the hook for the entire shortfall, no matter how large it is.
“We can’t put the taxpayers of this county at undue harm,” said commissioner Wole Ralph, a longtime critic of the proposed funding agreement.
The decision, made Tuesday, throws another layer of uncertainty on the long-planned Lovejoy line, a 26-mile route between downtown Atlanta and south Clayton County that would be the state’s first commuter rail line.
The state has $109 million in hand to build the line, but no money to pay long-term operating and maintenance costs, estimated at $7 million a year. Passenger fares are expected to cover up to 40 percent of those costs.