Mon., October 18, 2010 7:23am (EDT)

Tag Fee for Trauma Care
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgians will get a chance to decide next month whether they want to pay a 10 dollar car tag fee to fund the state's trauma care network. (Photo: Carl Zornes)
Georgians will get a chance to decide next month whether they want to pay a 10 dollar car tag fee to fund the state's trauma care network. (Photo: Carl Zornes)
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is pushing for a "yes" vote on Amendment 2 in the November elections. It would add a 10 dollar tag fee designated to Georgia's ailing trauma care network.

 But Governor Perdue's support for the amendment is only luke warm. That's because the funds could only be used for trauma care says Perdues' spokesman Bert Brantley: "When you put dollars aside, you essentially dedicate funds like this it's a slippery slope. People who are recipients of this money now, they want that money plus more."

 Brantley points to Georgia's gasoline tax designated to roads. State Budget writers now have little influence over the Department of Transportation, because its funding is generated separately.