Governor Nathan Deal spoke at a $500 a head fundraiser to support penny sales taxes for transportation. The Savannah reception was the first major fundraising push outside Atlanta for supporters of the T-SPLOST vote in July.
A landmark penny-sales-tax vote for transportation projects in Georgia is six months away and the campaign to pass the tax is starting to take shape. Doug Callaway, executive director of the Georgia Transportation Alliance, is traveling the state talking to Georgians about what he thinks are the merits of the penny tax: more jobs, safer roads, and local control.
A new survey shows, Metro Atlanta and Southeast Georgia voters favor a proposed new sales tax by a two-to-one margin. The state-wide poll by Survey USA for WXIA-TV Atlanta shows Northwest Georgia is evenly split on the tax idea, called T-SPLOST. Savannah's Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis says, with an uncertain vote date, it's still too early for campaigning.