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Southwest Georgia counties to decide on new tax in July

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May 15, 2012

Georgia

ATLANTA, Georgia: On July 31, residents throughout the state of Georgia will head to the polls to decide on an new transportation tax, it would add 1 cent to the current sales tax rate. This tax, though it will be voted on throughout the state, is actually dependent on the twelve local transportation taxing districts which were created in 2010. The results of the vote will be decided by region, if the majority of votes in the region approve the new tax then it will be implemented, regardless of how individual counties voted. Each region has set up plans and projects for the proposed money, in the southwest region of the state a long awaited four-lane highway project is the main goal for the additional tax money.

A total of 69 projects have been planned for the southwest transportation district, the projects were decided on by representatives from each county within the district area. Expanding Highway 133 to be four lanes has been a long term goal for Colquitt County, officials have noted that having a major highway in the county would promote economic growth and development. Proponents of the tax measure have also cited that with the addition of new road and transportation projects there would also be the addition of jobs which would benefit region residents.[1]

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