Skip to main content
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 11:53am

Survey: 55% Back Transportation Tax

Updated: 3 years ago.
Finding money for highway funding has been a years-long battle in Georgia. Punting the decision to voters, state lawmakers scheduled a vote next year for a new transportation sales tax called T-SPLOST. (photo Alex Pope)

A new survey shows a slight majority of Georgians favor a proposed new sales tax to fund transportation projects.

But since the vote isn't until next year, tax backers still have a lot of work to do.

Survey USA conducted the poll for WXIA-TV Atlanta.

It showed 55% state-wide approval for the tax called T-SPLOST with a 3% margin of error.

The poll broke down voters into three broad regions.

But voters in 12 regions will decide the tax for projects in their areas.

Doug Calloway of the pro-tax Georgia Transportation Alliance says, campaigns are underway in all regions even if they're not visible yet.

"You never want to peak to early," Calloway says. "The idea here is, you want to build and make an effective and persuasive case to the voters in Georgia because this is vitally important."

The vote could be in July or November based on what state lawmakers decide in the legislative session beginning next month.

Savannah's Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis says, with an uncertain vote date, it's still too early for campaigning.

"There might be a little bit of conversation about it," Liakakis says. "But it won't begin until we find out what the legislators are going to do. Is it going to be in July or November?"

The poll shows Atlanta and Southeast Georgia voters favor the tax more than Northwest Georgia voters.

Democrats favor the tax more than Republicans.

Related Articles