Early election results show Northwest Georgia voters rejected the controversial transportation sales tax referendum by a large majority.
With 10 of 15 counties reporting totals, the sales tax was voted down by 67.5 percent in the 15-county district in Northwest Georgia. Across the state most districts appeared to be rejecting the sales tax increase.
The transportation special purpose local option sales tax was designed to allow voters in each district to decide if they wanted their sales tax increased by one percent.
But criticism across the state questioned whether the sales tax would hurt the economy in the long run and if larger counties would lose money for the smaller counties within the district.
The 18-billion project would last for 10 years.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...