Regional sales tax could fund transportation

By Dal Cannady - bio | email

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - A new sales tax could help solve transportation troubles around Georgia, region by region.

City and county representatives from ten south Georgia counties gathered at Georgia Southern University Wednesday for a statewide teleconference to discuss how it will be done. Georgia is divided into multi-county Regional Commissions.
The multi-county regional commisions will be able to call for a one cent sales tax vote in their counties that would help fund mass transit, new roads or other transportation issues. Georgia law previously allowed only county-wide or state wide votes.
"The truth is most people know if we're gonna have any further highway developments or highway funds, we'll have to do something different," stated State Senator Jack Hill of Reidsville.
Regions won't be able to call for these sale tax votes until 2012. But the customized taxes would allow multi-county areas to plan, based on their region's needs.
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