ALBANY A small group of local elected officials is hosting a series of public forums to provide information about the upcoming Transportation Sales Tax referendum.
State Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, and Dougherty County Commissioners John Hayes and Gloria Gaines are hosting three forums on the T-SPLOST referendum beginning on June 21 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 901 Westover Boulevard.
Dukes said that the forums are an opportunity for the public to learn about the initiative.
This referendum is something that extremely important," Dukes said. "It’s going to move what people pay in taxes from 7 percent to 8 percent so they need to know what’s in it. I’d hate for someone to come up after and say 'I didn’t really know what we were getting.'"
If a majority of voters in the 14-county Region 10 approve the measure, it's anticipated to generate $530 million over the next 10 years.
Of that amount, 75 percent would fund a list of regional projects that has been approved both by the Georgia Department of Transportation and a group of elected officials from throughout the region who sat on a Region 10 roundtable.
A complete list of the projects can be found here.
The remaining 25 percent would go to each city and county within the region as discretionary spending for local projects. How that 25 percent is divided out will be based on population and the number of road miles within each jurisdiction.