Viewpoint: Highways would benefit from T-SPOLST - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Viewpoint: Highways would benefit from T-SPOLST

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Bowl-A-Rama holds Back-to-School Bash

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:19:59 GMT
    James Smith, studentJames Smith, student
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
    An Albany bowling alley is helping kids have a little fun before they go back to school. Bowl-A-Rama held its first Back-to-School Bash for High School Students in Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, and Baker Counties. More >>
  • Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Valdosta organization prepares for backpack giveaway

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:14:47 GMT
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
    Volunteers at Moody Air Force Base pre-packed more than 900 backpacks with school supplies on Friday.More >>
  • Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Sylvester residents gather for National Night Out

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:11:03 GMT
    Scott Vandermolen, Florida residentScott Vandermolen, Florida resident
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>
    A week after 8 teenagers were shot at a party in Sylvester people came together there Friday night to fight crime .A National Night Out celebration was held at Jeffords Park downtown. More >>

For years, south Georgia hasn't really gotten its fair share of money from the Department of Transportation. Many needed road projects have been delayed or called off altogether.

Soon, we'll have a chance to change that.

A new state law allows counties in various regions of the state to team up, charge an extra penny sales tax, and use the revenue for projects in that region. Dougherty County would be part of a 14-county southwest Georgia region.

City and county leaders throughout our area have already started meeting to come up with a list of proposed projects to put before the voters in 2012 . . . things such as widening Highway 133.

Leaders agree having a major 4-lane highway all the way from Albany to Valdosta would have a major impact on the area's economy.

We hope those leaders will work diligently together to come up with a strong list of projects they can sell to the voters. If they don't, the transportation SPLOST will be doomed.

Nobody likes to pay more taxes, but sometimes paying a little can have a big payoff.

Hopefully, that will be the case with THE T-SPLOST.