Georgia, Local Leaders Discuss New Taxes for Transportation Funding

The Augusta Chronicle By: Meg Mirshak

Georgia politicians are searching for a solution to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure while determining how to avoid double-taxing the Augusta area and two other regions in the state with a special 1-percent transportation tax.   State and local leaders met Tuesday in Augusta to discuss creating another piece of legislation to address funding for roads, bridges, airports and ports. After a 2012 referendum, only three of 12 multi-county regions in Georgia implemented a 1-percent tax specifically for transportation projects, leaving metro Atlanta and the remainder of the state grumbling about a lack of funds to meet a growing list of needs.   At the meeting, gasoline and convenience store lobbyists fought hard against raising the state’s motor fuel tax, saying gas sales are already declining as the state competes with lower excise taxes in neighboring states. See story

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