Putting the Brakes on Road Taxes

Travis Fain has the details.

A debate that will shape the Georgia highway system and state transportation policy for decades is under way.

There’s a multibillion dollar difference between the cost of roads the Georgia Department of Transportation wants to build over the next several years and the money it has available to build them.

As a result, DOT officials and state politicians are sorting through a series of new funding proposals. But two ideas seem to have risen to the top, and both would ask voters to approve a new sales tax to raise money.

One would allow counties to band together and pass a regional penny tax that local governments would share to upgrade their roads. Another calls for a new statewide penny tax expected to raise $22.2 billion over 10 years.