Why MOST Will Pass!

Polls are not what they used to be – expensive and infrequent. Now most politicos are using polls to gage the sentiments of voters and target groups on a regular basis. Recent Georgia polls show Newt Gingrich winning the Georgia primary, President Obama enjoying solid African American support and leaning Latino support, Mayor Kasim Reed enjoying solid Atlanta voter support among African Americans, and MOST. Important – renewal of the City of Atlanta’s water and sewer sales tax looks favorable for passage even if Democrats don’t vote in large numbers on March 6.

The Municipal Option Sales Tax (MOST) for upgrades to the city’s water and sewer system is one issue that voter support cuts across race, family income level, political party, gender, religion and age. Thanks to eight plus years of business and civic leadership most Atlantans haven’t forgotten the days when the city was paying millions in fines to EPA and the threat of a moratorium on sewer hook ups resulting in a damper on economic investment.

Atlanta has spent over $2 billion to make water infrastructure and system improvements using the city’s procurement process to engage world class vendors – small, minority and global businesses. The passage of the MOST next week will provide funding for the next phase, by no means the remainder, of needed water and sewer improvements. The early campaigns for the MOST were comprehensive in their scope and focused on educating the public about the essential need for clean water, rivers and streams for public health and business.

Some say, I among them, that the Upper Chattahoochee RiverKeeper did Atlanta a favor when they sued the city. Their suit forced the city and metro leaders to face their enormous responsibility of investing in water infrastructure, the value of experienced professional leadership in designing and implementing the water investment program and the need for everyone to sacrifice to make the investment. These are the factors that make the Atlanta Clean Water Program work, that have helped pass the MOST in 2004 and 2008 by wide margins.


  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    I agree that MOST should pass because the City left its taxpayers no choice. Needed upgrades of the water and sewer system were ignored by multiple mayors for decades, until the City lost its fight to continue ignorance. Repairs that could have been done over the years at reasonable cost must now be done at high cost, leaving the taxpayers at risk once again. Failure of leadership always costs the taxpayers but rarely the leaders.

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