A twist on an earlier proposal has the entire State voting on a 1% Sales Tax to fund transportation projects:
To fund the ambitious array of projects across the state, voters would be asked to pass a dedicated one-cent statewide sales tax for 10 years. The tax is expected to yield about $22.2 billion over 10 years.
The final package to submit to voters is up to the Legislature.
The initial plan was to be introduced by Rep. Vance Smith (R-Pine Mountain), chairman of the House Transportation Committee. The plan also assumes there would be revenue from the successful parts of the metro Atlanta toll network to fund other projects. Some of the projects, like the east-west connector and the Ga. 400 tunnel would probably require private investment.
And after 10 years of this tax, who wants to bet it won’t go away?