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Meeting set on road tax projects
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Forsyth County News

The executive committee of the Georgia Mountains Special Tax District Regional Transportation Roundtable is holding a series of public meetings this month, one of which will be in Forsyth County.

The local meeting is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Forsyth County Administration Building in downtown Cumming.

It will feature an open house, drop-in style format, with no formal presentation.

The meeting is an opportunity for residents to offer input on the recommended road projects list for next year’s statewide vote on the 1 percent, 10-year sales tax for transportation.

Attendees can meet with regional planners, state Department of Transportation engineers and public officials.

The list is under review by a 26-member roundtable made up of top city and county leaders from throughout the 13-county Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

The roundtable has until Oct. 15 to make changes and give its final OK to the projects list.

In total, Forsyth has about 20 projects on the proposed list, with neighboring Hall County, the second largest recipient, getting nine.

At nearly $322.5 million, Forsyth stands to receive more than a third of the total funding.

In 2012, voters in 12 regions statewide will decide whether to approve the tax for transportation and transit projects.

The plan moves forward if a majority of voters — 50 percent plus one — in a particular region vote yes.

The state’s Transportation Investment Act of 2010 calls for 75 percent of proceeds going to regional projects and 25 percent going to local governments to use as they see fit.

Under that formula, about $950 million would go toward regional projects in the Georgia Mountains area while about $300 million would go to local governments.

In addition to the local session, public meetings are planned for Tuesday at the Spout Springs Library in Flowery Branch; Sept. 20 at the Stephens County Courthouse in Toccoa; and Sept. 22 at the White County Library in Cleveland.


FCN regional staff contributed to this report.