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 March 1, 2007


 Albany -- State Transportation leaders are considering a one cent statewide sales tax for 10 years that could generate $22 billion for statewide road projects.  

Right now, the list of projects would include toll roads and highway improvements in Atlanta and paving more than 10,000 miles of dirt roads. The revenue would also pay for improvements to bridges, local roads, sidewalks, and bike paths.

Many people we talked with support the proposal.   "I think that the state legislature often asked for the money, but we don't necessarily see the road being improved or the roads being added in, so if they're going to stick behind what they're saying then yes, it would be good," said Kristi Luther.

"I think it's a good idea we need a lot of road repair, we got a lot of roads around here that need repairing," said Philip Hunt.  

"There are a lot of bad roads that I've passed through living in Albany and in for instance in Georgia period, but I think it's a good idea," Glenda Davis said.

 The plan is under review right now. The General Assembly could vote on it as early as 2008. Then it would be put on a statewide referendum.

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