September 2016

Since the City’s inception in 2006, consistently the #1 issue raised by our residents is traffic congestion.  We have watched this issue become more challenging over the past decade with the explosive growth that we see continuing today in Forsyth County and other surrounding municipalities.
 
With this growth, Johns Creek has increasingly become a pass through community of choice by outside residents.  Traffic studies have shown that more than 53 percent of the traffic that passes through Johns Creek each work day either originates or ends outside of the City.
 
This not only negatively impacts our residents on their daily work commute, but it also negatively impacts our daily routines within the City from going to the grocery store, getting our kids to school, and other activities. 
 
With no immediate relief in sight, Johns Creek joined with Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell and other cities to support Fulton County’s plan to more aggressively address traffic congestion in the metro Atlanta area.  Fulton County is proposing to raise potentially an estimated $569 million through a temporary 5-year Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or TSPLOST.
 
The TSPLOST will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot and I want to ensure that you have as much information available to make an informed decision as you head to the voting booth this fall.
 
If the TSPLOST passes, the revenue will be raised with a 0.75c sales tax for both residents and non-residents who make purchases inside Fulton County, with the exception of inside the city of Atlanta.  Residents inside the city of Atlanta will be asked to consider sales tax options in the amount of up to 0.90c.
 
Each municipality was asked to develop a list of potential projects it would implement if the TSPLOST passes.  Johns Creek coordinated closely with Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Alpharetta, and Roswell as it developed its prioritized list to help ensure optimum traffic corridor relief. 
 
The Johns Creek City Council approved the City’s list of 25 road improvement projects and prioritized the list into three tiers with input from transportation experts, outside consultants, and residents.  More specifically, Johns Creek intends to improve every major traffic artery in the City through TSPLOST with the exception of Abbots Bridge Road, which is already accounted for with existing funds.
 
Tier 1 projects, which are viewed as the top priority, list 12 projects. The Tier 2 list identifies two projects.  Tier 3 projects, which will only be implemented should we exceed our collection estimate and complete projects on both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 lists, includes nine projects.
 
I encourage you to visit the City’s website, www.johnscreekga.gov/TSPLOST, which includes detailed information and interactive maps regarding Johns Creek’s TSPLOST projects highlighted in each of the tiers.
 
The majority of the City Council voted to support this referendum on the ballot because it recognized that TSPLOST funding provides a mechanism to accelerate much needed traffic congestion relief projects, and because the funding will be locally controlled.  This means Johns Creek will be in a position to control the funding and oversight of the projects in our City if it passes.
 
Please feel free to contact me anytime (678-451-3313) to discuss TSPLOST and the City’s aggressive plan to move motorists more efficiently and quickly through Johns Creek, and to ultimately provide much needed traffic congestion relief.