Deal expected to tout local impact of transportation tax

Two meetings are scheduled today concerning a 1 percent transportation tax referendum and a project that could be funded by the tax in the 13-county Augusta region.


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will speak at a fundraising breakfast at West Lake Country Club to promote the July 31 vote. Invitations were sent to supporters of the tax for the event, which is sponsored by Connect Georgia, a Georgia Chamber of Commerce entity created to promote the tax, and the Augusta Metro and Columbia County chambers of commerce.

According to Connect Georgia spokeswoman Cindy Miller, Deal attended similar fundraising events in Savannah and Atlanta. The governor, a vocal supporter of the transportation tax, is expected to speak about its potential local impact.

Also today, a public meeting is scheduled for the proposed widening of Berckmans Road and its realignment with Alexander Drive. The $20.3 million proposal is one of several dozen Richmond County projects that await funding from the transportation tax.

Five concepts for the project, which will require land and right-of-way acquisitions, will be presented at the meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.