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.