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Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:02am

Want To Buy A Bridge? Tax Sale Begins

Georgia’s 12 transportation regions have approved their construction wish-lists, ahead of Saturday's deadline.

Now, the sales job begins.

Voters in the regions will decide next year whether to fund a penny sales tax to pay for the projects.

To convince voters, regional leaders are gearing up campaigns to tout the benefits of the projects.

Individual regions will lead their campaigns to sell the tax, but Georgia’s Chamber of Commerce will be there to help with consultants.

Chamber executive director Chris Clark calls it a grass-roots education effort.

“I think this is going to be driven by people getting on the radio and talking about the projects, people talking to editorial boards, people going to rotary clubs and church picnics, and saying ‘here’s the list. Is this going to make your life better, is this going to help you bring jobs.”

This week, a Florida transportation expert took over as head of the Georgia Chamber’s new Transportation Alliance. Its focus is on long-term planning—beyond the TSPLOST.