Elected officials in 10 Atlanta area counties will be holding free "wireside chats" in June to answer citizen questions on the upcoming TSPLOST vote, according to a news release.
Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charlotte Nash and Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson will hold their sessions on Thursday, June 7, at 6:15 p.m.
Inspired by President Roosevelt’s “Fireside Chat” during World War II in which he detailed the progress of the war while citizens followed along at home using a world map, the modern-day “Wireside Chats” will connect local elected officials with residents of the region. During these telephone chats, which will take place between June 4-7 and June 13-14, residents can ask questions about the projects on the list and follow along using a regional map.
“Mayor Johnson and I look forward to speaking with potentially thousands of our friends and neighbors about the referendum,” said Nash. “Our goal is to inform Gwinnett County residents about the projects that will impact them most.”
Residents are asked to register in advance to receive materials they can refer to during the call. All questions will be answered, either live or as a follow-up email or phone call. They can register for as many of the chats as they like. To do so visit www.wiresidechats.com or call 404-463-3227.
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Each chat will last for one hour and will focus on projects in the local officials’ areas. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions directly of their local officials. If a question is not answered during the call, the caller will receive a response via email.
Citizens can access the session by calling 404-463-3227 or by visiting www.wiresidechats.com.
On July 31, residents across the 10-county Atlanta region including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta, can vote on a referendum to fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements across metro Atlanta through a regional 1 percent sales tax.
The list of projects to be built with the revenue was created in 2011 with input from more than 200,000 regional residents. The list is available at www.metroatlantatransportationvote.com.
The complete schedule of chats is listed below.
June 4, 6:15 p.m. - City of Atlanta (Councilmember Willis)
June 4, 7:30 p.m. - Henry County (Chairman Mathis and Mayor Copeland)
June 5, 6:15 p.m. - Douglas County (Chairman Worthan and Mayor Persons)
June 5, 7:30 p.m. - Fayette County (Mayor Dial)
June 6, 6:15 p.m. - North Fulton County (Mayor Bodker)
June 6, 7:30 p.m. - Cobb County (Chairman Lee and Mayor Mathews)
June 7, 6:15 p.m. - Gwinnett County (Chairman Nash and Mayor Johnson)
June 7, 7:30 p.m. - Rockdale County (Chairman Oden and Mayor Mills)
June 13, 6:15 p.m. - Cherokee County (Chairman Ahrens and Mayor Henriques)
June 13, 7:30 p.m. - DeKalb County (CEO Ellis and Mayor Floyd)
June 14, 6:15 p.m. - South Fulton County (Chairman Eaves and Mayor Boddie)
June 14, 7:30 p.m. - Clayton County (Chairman Bell)