I’ve got to admit I’m a bit surprised by this one. From a press release sent over by the Untie Atlanta Campaign:
Speaking on 750 WSB-AM Radio on Friday morning, Howard praised the citizen accountability review panel and said it was high-time Metro Atlanta started addressing its transportation challenges.
“I hate tax, that’s pretty obvious from everything I’ve said over the years, but I am emphatically for this. We as a metro area have no prospects for growth right now, nobody wants to move their companies here, we are flat on our backs right now,” Howard said. “We are so in the weeds here that if we do not adopt this and move forward, it’s not Armageddon but it means Atlanta moves from being one of the key cities of America to the backwater. We have to face the facts that we have to take a leap of faith. As things stand now, we are moving to the back of the pack.”
While Howard is known as a notorious penny pincher who is generally distrustful of government’s use of tax dollars, he said the right approach is to gather public input and develop a project list so the voters can see exactly where and how the money will be spent.
“I started off being completely opposed to this. The more I’ve learned about it, the more I think we need to do this,” Howard added. “This is our chance to have local control of the money and where the money goes. We collect the money here and we spend it here.”
Y’all make of it what you will. I remain undecided, slightly leaning against.