The July 31st referendum on a penny sales tax to fund transportation projects has prompted campaigns and websites for and against the tax. A recent poll shows that the so-called "TSPLOST" vote is dividing communities across Georgia.
Savannah's NAACP is taking a different road on T-SPLOST. The Georgia NAACP chapter months ago came out strongly against the proposed penny sales tax for transportation up for a vote next week. But the group's Savannah leaders are supporting the tax. T-SPLOST on the coast would pay to remove an Savannah highway off-ramp called the MLK Flyover.
Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss says he's going to vote for a proposed transportation tax. The senator made his comments at Atlanta's Center for Disease Control. The tax, called TSPLOST, would raise prices by 1% on most everything you buy and Chambliss says there aren't other funding options.
Savannah-area voters have a unique argument to think about when they go to the polls this month to decide the fate of a proposed penny sales tax for transportation. Construction is underway right now on several big-ticket road projects funded by the state. These include the Truman Parkway, Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and Skidaway Island bridge.
A leading Senate Republican is calling a regional transportation referendum a major tax increase. Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers plans to appear Monday with a group called the Transportation Leadership Council, which is opposing the upcoming referendum.
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 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.
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.
The final project lists for Georgia's 12 transportation regions are nearly all in. And with the submission deadline approaching this Saturday, only four districts have not yet officially signed-off on their lists. Lists for the Heart of Georgia, Southern, Central Savannah, and Atlanta districts have not yet been officially approved.