Cagle: Senate Passage of Transportation Resolution Moves Georgia Forward

February 20, 2008

(Atlanta, GA) – Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle applauded the Senate’s passage of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) resolution which will bring a funding solution to the transportation needs of our state. The resolution passed the Senate 51 to 4.

“The Senate’s overwhelming approval today of this resolution will move our state forward by allowing our citizens to decide how they want their transportation dollars spent,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. “We have waited long enough to address our state’s transportation infrastructure needs and the solution we are putting before Georgia voters shows that we believe local control and flexibility is of the utmost importance.  I commend Senator Jeff Mullis and Doug Stoner for their hard work on this issue.”

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. 

Ninety percent of revenue collected through the TSPLOST will be returned to the participating county or region for projects.  At least ten percent of that amount will be used to construct, maintain and operate mass transit within that county or region.  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.