Penny-obverseAtlantans will be heading to the polls on March 1 not only for the presidential primary, but to vote on a 1 cent municipal option sales tax (MOST) to upgrade the city’s water and sewer infrastructure.

The MOST would apply to most goods purchased in the City of Atlanta. These funds allow visitors and business people who use the city’s water and sewer infrastructure but do not pay water/sewer bills to help pay for upgrading and maintenance of the infrastructure. Mayor Kasim Reed’s office has pointed out that this is not a new tax, but reauthorizing an existing one.

The city says that money collected from the MOST will go toward upgrades to reduce the number of sewer spills, rain-induced overflows into rivers and streams and help upgrade the two-acre stormwater detention pond in the Old Fourth Ward and the Peachtree Creek Basin Storage Tank and Pump Station project. Without the tax, the city has warned residents and businesses may see an increase in their water and sewer bills by as much as 30 percent.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 1. District and poll locations an be found at

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.