Nearly $9 million has been collected in taxes from three regions that voted to approve a 10-year, one percent transportation sales tax last year. Georgia Department of Transportation Spokeswoman Karlene Barron said Thursday that more than $8.7 million was collected from the Central Savannah River, River Valley and Heart of Georgia-Altamaha regional commission districts. The regions span 46 of the state's 159 counties.
More jobs. Safer roads. Local control. Georgians will soon encounter these phrases on billboards and in commercials. They are part of a statewide campaign aimed at convincing voters to OK a proposed transportation tax.
State officials announced projects that might be eligible for regional transportation tax dollars. That brings Georgia residents one step closer to seeing which projects a proposed sales tax might fund.