Georgia Infrastructure Development Districts, Amendment 3 (2008)
|Amendment 3 (2008)|
Election Results via: The Georgia Secretary of State
If it had passed, the measure would have:
- Created Infrastructure Development Districts (IDDs), which are economic tools similar to tax allocation districts.
- Allowed local government to pay for the construction and maintenance of new roads, sewers, schools or other infrastructure through bonds and private companies.
- State Senator Steve Thompson, D-Marietta
- State Senator Johnny Grant, R-Milledgeville
- The Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Georgians for Quality Economic Development 
- The Augusta Chronicle
- The Charlton County Herald
Notable arguments in support of the measure included:
- The measure would jumpstart development in forgotten corners of the state.
- It would give rural and urban areas a way to draw increased business activities while still making sure the state has natural beauty in reserve.
- The infrastructure development districts, or IDDs, envisioned under the amendment, are a new way of financing the installation of water and sewer systems, roads and other amenities.
- The measure would help draw developers to more remote areas of the state by making sure the projects can be supported without further burdening taxpayers.
- The Sierra Club
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Arguments in Opposition
Notable arguments in opposition to the measure included:
- Taxation is a power that should be confined exclusively to elected officials who can be held accountable to voters. There is no compelling reason for state or local government to surrender that power to developers.
- Taxpayers outside the district still would have to pay for access roads and improvements to sewers to accommodate the new construction.
- Homeowners inside the district would pay two sets of taxes — one levied by the developer and the other by elected county officials.
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- Georgia General Assembly - SR 309 Official General Assembly website
- Florida Times-Union: "The power, impact of Amendment 3," September 29, 2008
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Guide to voting on state ballot questions," Oct 1, 2008
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