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Transportation tax to kick in for 46 GA counties

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

Georgians in 46 counties will soon be paying higher sales taxes in order to pay for better roads.

The extra penny-per-dollar tax for transportation projects was rejected by voters in most of the state last July. But 3 of the 12 regions that approved it will be paying the new tax starting New Year's Day.

State officials estimate the tax will generate $152 million in its first year and $1.8 billion over 10 years to widen highways, install new traffic lights and repair aging bridges.

The money will go to 13 east Georgia counties including the city of Augusta, and a 16-county region in west Georgia that includes Columbus and Americus. The third region covers 17 southeast Georgia counties that include the cities of Dublin, Vidalia and Jesup.

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