Vidalia improves roads using optional sales tax funds

Vidalia improves roads using optional sales tax funds
(Source: WTOC)

VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) - One Georgia city is improving it's roads through a option sales tax reserved just for transportation.

Construction and development on that section of Mose Coleman Road has already begun. City leaders in Vidalia hope this section helps that continue, thanks to TIA.

Vidalia's mayor praised the opening because it gives people quick access from Highway 280 to the city's recreation complex. It's one of the projects voters approved in a multi-county local option sales tax for transportation. It's collected in the districts that approved it and the money gets spent on roads and highways within that district.

"It's money for projects like this that you won't get anywhere else," remarked Mayor Ronnie Dixon. "D.O.T. doesn't have the money."

"If we can have transportation that brings good jobs to our community, I think that's one of the answers to solving the problems we have right now," said State Senator Blake Tillery.

It's one of several TIA projects in Vidalia and Toombs County that help attract new business or give drivers an easier way to get where they're going.

Only two districts statewide passed the TIA program when it first started. As they see what's happening here, several districts want to put the question back on the ballots and ask voters to reconsider.

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