Transportation infrastructure funding has recently been a significant issue for governments at all levels across the United States. The Georgia General Assembly responded to these challenges in 2010 and 2015, more formally known as the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 and the Transportation Funding Act of 2015, respectively. This legislation authorized 9 of the 12 service delivery regions within the state who had not previously approved a regional transportation sales tax to reconsider this funding option. In early 2017, a majority of Southern Georgia counties voted to begin this process and closely examine transportation needs and opportunities within the region.
On April 17, 2017, representatives of the 18 counties of Southern Georgia and cities therein met in Pearson, GA to discuss the transportation sales tax process in the first formal gathering of the Southern Georgia Regional Transportation Roundtable. This Roundtable is responsible for approving project criteria and a final list of regional projects and calling for a ballot referendum. Representatives from the Roundtable were chosen to complete the Executive Committee, the group responsible for coordinating the selection of these projects on behalf of the Roundtable and people of Southern Georgia. More information about these groups and the regional sales tax process can be found at http://www.sgrc.us/regional-roundtable.html.
To initiate consideration of regional projects for inclusion on the ballot referendum, input is required from local government stakeholders throughout the region to create a list of priority projects from each jurisdiction. The purpose of this website is to help city and county officials with the selection of their priority projects for the consideration of the Roundtable and Executive Committee. The tools on the following pages will assist you in identifying, describing and justifying projects in your community as the elected representatives consider the needs of the region in the realm of transportation.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Southern Georgia Regional Commission for assistance with this tool.