GSS and UHR debated and eventually approved a resolution expressing support for the transportation special local option sales tax (T-SPLOST). T-SPLOST is an act seeking to improve the transportation of metro Atlanta through its Atlanta Streetcar Line and the Atlanta Beltline Project by implementing a one-percent sales tax.
Some members of SGA said they didn’t support the resolution because they did not agree with the projects T-SPLOST would fund.
“I am not a fan of MARTA taking over the street car,” said MSE Sen. Tom Wyatt.
Other representatives, including several from degree programs that study urban planning, showed support, discussing the responsibilities of Tech to support the development of Atlanta.
Supporters of the resolution also stressed that the resolution is for supporting the building of the Streetcar Transportation system and not a bill actually funding the project.
Some felt that it was not SGA’s place to pass a resolution supporting a City of Atlanta issue.
Junior Rep. Hunter Hammond said that the resolution should be put in front of the student body instead of in front of SGA.