Governor Nathan Deal addressed the board of Atlanta’s Commerce Club on Thursday. In a Q&A session following his remarks, Deal was asked to comment on the possibility of fixing some of the transportation problems that remain in the metro Atlanta area following the region’s rejection of the TSPLOST in 2012.
While bills have been introduced in the legislature to allow for smaller regions and a fraction of a penny sales tax, the Governor does not appear to favor that approach. According to a story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Governor prefers a continuation of the regional approach that was used for the TSPLOST.
According to a couple of the board members in the room, the governor told them that some people would like to throw out the regional transportation sales tax approach. But he said he was not ready to do so.
There also is a new bill making its way through the legislature that would provide a fractional sales tax and permit two counties or two governments to pass a tax for particular projects rather that have a regional tax.
Deal told the Commerce Club board that he is not in favor of taking a fractionalized approach at this time.
House Bill 195, introduced by Rep. Ed Setzler of Acworth would allow two or more counties to join together and levy a sales tax for transportation projects. Two bills that would allow fractional sales taxes are being considered by the House Ways and Means Committee.