After months of public arguments among experts, tax opponents and business leaders, the $8 billion transportation question finally goes to the voters.

On July 31, metro Atlantans decide whether to impose a 1-cent sales tax to raise billions for regional transportation improvements.

About $6.2 billion of the money raise through the tax – usually called the T-SPLOST for “transportation special local option sales tax” — is dedicated to a list of projects intended to address regional transportation problems in the 10-county area where the tax will be collected. Another $1.1 billion will be distributed to local governments to pay for their own projects over the course of the decade.

Proponents and opponents tax battled until the last days before the election. On July 17, the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce hosted a T-SPLOST panel discussion at Dunwoody High School with speakers touting the benefits of the tax. On July 26, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association were scheduled to host a debate at Georgia Perimeter College, featuring speakers for and against the tax.

Also on the ballot were several DeKalb County offices. CEO Burrell Ellis had two challengers vying for his spot as the top elected official in the county: Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmonson.

Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who represents Dunwoody on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, faced a challenge in the Republican primary from Larry Danese.

Kathy Gannon, whose District 6 seat also includes Dunwoody, had opposition in the Democratic Party primary from Edmond Richardson.