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.
Dozens of Georgia counties next week will hold votes on whether to continue charging sales taxes for schools. The Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax or ESPLOST can only pay for new buildings or for paying off debt. Supporters of the tax in Savannah's Chatham County say, public schools need to have more up-to-date buildings if they want to attract private school students. Opponents, however, say new buildings have little to do with the education going on inside of them.
Project wish lists for Georgia’s 12 transportation regions are almost complete. In 2012, voters will decide whether to pay a penny sales tax to fund the work. The process of whittling-down the lists -- and convincing voters to support them -- is a challenge for municipalities trying to serve voters locally, and support the region.