Lt. Governor Casey Cagle: Resolution Will Move Transportation Funding Forward

February 7, 2008

(Atlanta, GA) – Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced that the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) resolution has been filed in the State Senate and will bring a funding solution to transportation needs of our state.

“It is time we take action and the first step toward a funding option for transportation needs in Georgia by allowing our citizens to decide how they want their transportation dollars to be spent,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “This resolution recognizes that transportation issues mean different things to different parts of our state and that the key to any funding solution must be the voluntary support and desire of our citizens.   Local control and flexibility play an important role in solving both our congestion problems in metro Atlanta and our transportation infrastructure needs throughout Georgia.”

“Transportation is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it is an issue that affects us all and we have to work together to come up with a solution that will bring real relief,” said Senator Doug Stoner.

“This resolution also recognizes the fact that mass transit will have to play a role in solving our congestion problems. The important thing is that we keep moving forward.  If we stop moving, everybody loses,” said Senator Jeff Mullis.

“I am supporting this resolution because I believe it takes us in the right direction and will address transportation funding needs for our state. We can no longer stand by and wait, we must act,” said Senator Kasim Reed.

“This is a golden opportunity to do something really positive for the state in regards to transportation, and we cannot afford to let it pass us by. I am glad to be a part of a plan that actually takes action towards finding a solution to our current funding crisis,” said Senator Tommie Williams.

The TSPLOST Resolution will amend the Georgia Constitution so that as of May 1, 2009 individual counties can voluntarily propose to their citizens a new 1-cent sales tax for transportation projects.   Similar to previous SPLOSTs, each proposal is required to list the projects the TSPLOST will pay for, the cost of those projects, and the length of time that the tax will be in effect. 

Eighty percent of revenue collected through the TSPLOST will be returned to the participating county for projects.   At least ten percent of the remaining funds will be used by the state for constructing, maintaining and operating mass transit.  The resolution gives the General Assembly a deadline of April 1st to establish a framework by which counties can voluntarily join together into regions and combine their tax for projects of regional significance.   This will happen before counties can initiate the TSPLOST.