ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Leaders from across South Georgia will have to cooperate and find middle ground to make a regional transportation sales tax successful.
It would add a penny to the sales tax on pretty much everything other than fuel. The money raised would be for used for all sorts of transportation projects in our area from upgrading bridges to widening roads and expanding airports.
Tuesday, mayors and county commission chairmen from Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Terrell, and Baker counties met to discuss the tax and how to get voters to support it.
Rep. Ed Rynders said, "In South Georgia and rural Georgia, we need those economic corridors like 133 and so they had to come up in the house and Senate with a plan that would benefit all of Georgia. One size doesn't fit all and so let each region decide what was in their own best interest was why this initiative was voted on."
Dougherty County would be part of a 14-county region that would share money for projects prioritized by a board and then voted on by you. It's expected to generate anywhere from 50 to 65 million dollars a year.