Among the items confronting voters next Tuesday during the General Primary Election will be the referendum on the creation of a 10-year one-cent sales tax in Jackson and 11 other counties to fund transportation projects. Similar referenda are being conducted in other districts across Georgia.
T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is the General Assembly’s new plan to fund transportation, from bike paths to light rail. If the local referendum passes — 50 percent plus one vote district-wide— the tax is expected to generate about $1 billion. Seventy-five percent of that money would be used to fund major transportation projects identified and approved by a district “roundtable” of elected officials. Hunter Bicknell, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, chaired the local group, made up of counties comprising the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission.
The other 25 percent will be distributed among the cities and counties in the district according to a formula that considers population and road miles.
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