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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Area leaders voiced their opinions Monday about changes they want to see in how transportation projects are funded in Georgia.

Representatives from the Get Georgia Moving coalition talked about House and Senate versions of a transportation bill. Neither one was passed by the General Assembly.

The Senate would allow multiple counties to approve a regional one-cent sales tax for road projects in their area.

South Georgia leaders say that could put less populated counties in our area at a disadvantage.

"With the different populations and counties, I just think its going to be difficult to raise the amount of money to do projects in any great haste. And that's what we need. We need the projects to go ahead and get funded," said Jay Smith. 

Most agreed the House Bill would best suit Southwest Georgia because a one cent tax would go to a statewide pool that could pay for major projects such as the expansion of Highway 133.

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