TSPLOST public meeting set for Cartersville Tuesday
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Georgia Department of Transportation officials will visit Cartersville Tuesday for a public meeting on the proposed regional Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to be voted on next year.

The meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, 5450 State Route 20 across from Georgia Highlands College.

The purpose of the region-based tax is to allow voters in each of 12 special districts in the state to determine whether to increase their sales and use tax rate by 1 percent to fund transportation infrastructure.

For a number of years the State has been under-investing in its transportation infrastructure. Instead, Georgia has relied upon infrastructure put in place years ago to support existing development and continued growth. According to the Federal Highway Administration and National Transit Database statistics, the State of Georgia devotes fewer resources per capita to transportation than any U.S. state except Tennessee. The opportunity to vote on a regional sales tax is an acknowledgement of the need to invest more heavily in transportation infrastructure to support the state's continued growth.

The new regional sales tax would be in place for a period of 10 years. At the end of those 10 years, the regional sales tax may be reinitiated per a majority of the district's counties and a special act of the general assembly.

An executive roundtable made of county commissioners created the list of projects to be funded within each region.

Eleven projects made the cut in Bartow: the Cass-White Road at Interstate 75 interchange reconstruction; Douthit Ferry Road from Old Alabama Road to West Avenue; Emerson Old Alabama Road widening and improvement from SR 100 to SR 293; northwest coordinated rural/human services transit project; partial relocation of SR 20 from I-75 to SR 61/U.S. 411; Richards Road CSX railway crossing safety improvements; SR 140 from Oothkalooga Creek to SR 3/U.S. 411; SR 140 improvements from SR 53 to Oothkalooga Creek; Stamp Creek Road at U.S. 411 intersection improvements; U.S. 411 Connector; and improvements on SR 3/U.S. 41 from SR 113/Main Street to SR 61.

To view a complete list from the northwest Georgia transportation region, visit www.tiny.cc/GDOLdraft.