Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd emailed this statement to Patch that was defeated in the Tuesday referendum. Floyd was a big supporter.
I am glad it is over and that there is no doubt what the voters wanted… or did not want.
It was in my opinion decisive. I spent most of my time last year arriving at the list of projects to vote on and if that list is why anyone voted no then I certainly share the responsibility for the no vote. If it is mistrust of elected officials, since I have been an elected official for 21 years, I certainly share that responsibility also.
This vote brought together people of different parties, different races and different cultures on both sides of the issue. I think good can and will come from that. My hope now is that we will work together as we search for a method to move forward.
I do not think that simply revising the list of projects and trying another vote would provide a different response from the voters. But our traffic problems did not go away with the vote. I promise to work together with Governor Deal, Mayor Reed, other elected officials and all who wish to participate in a positive way to move this region forward.
Today, let’s dedicate ourselves to finding the solution that will inspire all of us stand together and say … YES!!!!