Fulton approves beltline plan

•ATLANTA - The Fulton County Commission approved a plan Wednesday that could lead to a 22-mile loop of parks, paths and transit linking 45 neighborhoods in intown Atlanta.

Commissioners voted 5-1 to create a special tax district that could raise $1.7 billion for infrastructure in the project, estimated to cost between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion said David Payne, spokesman for the BeltLine Partnership, an initiative created by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin in support of the project. The rest of the money would come from federal funds and private investors.

The county was the last of three public bodies to approve the tax district plan.

- From wire reports