State Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough, who is skeptical of both the abolition of the gas tax in favor of an additional state sales tax and the regional tax, proposed another solution.
Davis said he plans to propose legislation to reconstitute the Atlanta Regional Commission, the planning organization responsible for drafting the region’s transportation proposals. The board, he feels, is too heavily stacked with members from Atlanta’s core.
His proposal would establish a board of members who are the commission chairmen of their county, who already have a seat, one mayor from each of the 10 ARC counties elected by a panel of the county’s mayors, and one member appointed from each county by that county’s legislative delegation. His proposal for a 30-member board, he says, would eliminate several positions from the heart of Atlanta.
“Before you even talk to me about voting for a regional sales tax, we’ve got to get equal representation,” Davis said.