Forsyth County And The Transportation Bond

Georgians often complain about traffic and road conditions, yet we complain more when a solution is offered. I find that those who stomp their feet and cross their arms whenever a solution is offered are the same people who never come up with solutions themselves. The voters of Forsyth County have the chance to approve a bond that the county desperately needs to accommodate its rapid growth.

Residents can point their fingers at a multitude of people when dishing out blame for the county’s dismal traffic problem. This is the time to end the blame-game and push forward a solution. The roads that need improvement the most are on the Georgia Department of Transportation’s backburner or not on their radar at all. Voters can take the matter into their own hands and expand the county’s most traveled roads.

In the simplest of terms, if the voters approve the bond, Forsyth County would be allowed to borrow up to $200 million at incredibly low interest rates to expand roads and alleviate traffic. There is a collaborative effort between Forsyth County and the Georgia Department of Transportation to fund the road projects. An $81,000,000 commitment from Forsyth County would be matched with $93,000,000 in state and federal funding. In essence, Forsyth County residents have the potential to get a $293 million investment while spending $200 million in local investment. Forsyth County created a map with the proposed road projects.

For a house valued at $250,000, this bond would add approximately $10 a month to property taxes. It’s a small price to pay to expand GA-400 within a few years. If this bond is voted down, GA-400 will not see expansion until 2030 at the earliest. Not to mention the state roads that experience heavy flows of traffic such as SR 371 and SR 369 would not see construction for years to come.

Transportation solutions are far and few between in Georgia; it would be a shame for the voters in Forsyth County to turn down a solution that promises a better future.

10 comments

  1. zedsmith says:

    Expanding road access doesn’t aleviate traffic, it encourages development and induced demand. That’s fine– I grows the tax digest. People need to know that they’re voting to live in a more intensly developed Atlanta suburb, rather than a place that still retains a little bit of rural north Georgia feel.

    I guess that’s where we’re going. I used to commute up 400 every day to dahlonega, around the time they were expanding the windward parkway overpass. At that time, north Forsyth felt a lot like dahlonega. Now it feels like Alpharetta. Not a knock, but I definitely prefer the bonafide city and bonafide country.

  2. Gary Cooper says:

    Will – thanks for bringing attention to this all important bond for the citizens in Forsyth. While some of those who complain are hitting social media to air their grievances with the proposed bond and demanding a halt to growth in order for them to support the bond, the majority of voters in Forsyth are receptive to the idea of finally catching our road infrastructure up to it’s daily demand. Personally I support the bond and look forward to seeing it pass.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Forsyth has a low property tax level to handle an increase but…..what, if a choice was available, would a 1% sales tax increase raise ?

  4. S. Lee Guy says:

    I live in south Forsyth and am leaning towards a no vote. Here’s why…

    The county is doing very little to manage and plan for growth. Residents are growing frustrated with it all. We’d like to see the county take a hard look at the problem while also working on the roads. Things like increased impact fees need to be considered in the solution before increasing property taxes.

    Exacerbating the problem is a distrust of the county leadership and our inability to influence it due to no at-large elections. It’s also why we’re considering new city incorporation in the south part of the county.

  5. jethanunderwood says:

    Well stated, Will. People often oppose road improvements because they think leaving roads as they are will limit growth. However, that’s not how the law in Georgia works.

    Refusing to fix roads does not prevent a person from developing their land. It just makes everyone else miserable.

  6. Will Durant says:

    Is there not some way to force greenfield developers to pay their fair share for infrastructure? Perhaps an appropriate tax for zoning changes? It seems patently unfair to see these guys rape, pillage, and move on. Leaving the permanent residents with the tab for the future upkeep.

    • saltycracker says:

      Impact fees, particularly on residential units and retail commercial….
      Start [email protected]
      Good land use planning has failed as the growth engine, developers, real estate interests, bankers, CofC, wears it down…….this might help it a little….

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