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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:11pm

Transportation Funding Bill Revised To Calm Critics

A plan to find $1 billion to maintain Georgia's roads and bridges continues to change in response to local officials' complaints that lawmakers were forcing them to consider tax increases on gasoline.

A House subcommittee voted Monday to move House leaders' proposal to the full Transportation committee. The amended proposal now allows counties to charge up to 6 cents per gallon on top of the state's 29.2 cents per gallon tax.

Sponsoring Rep. Jay Roberts of Ocilla says taxes on gas should only be used for transportation. Local governments want more flexibility.

Roberts also announced Tuesday that the bill would eliminate Georgia's $5,000 tax credit on electric vehicles.

The full Transportation committee plans to meet Thursday. Experts have said Georgia needs at least $1 billion to maintain existing infrastructure.