Deal expected to tout local impact of transportation tax

Monday, June 11, 2012 4:17 PM
Last updated 11:11 PM
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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.

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madgerman 06/11/12 - 05:25 pm
Just remember that 1/4 of the

Just remember that 1/4 of the taxes collected go to the CSRA and the other 3/4 goes to Atlanta to improve their traffic jam. But in any event we in the CSRA have never met a SPLOST that we didn't just absolutely love. P.S. those who love the concept should join the Governor at the West Lake Country Club. If you can;t attend then why would you vote for anything supported by that gang of secrecy? Why not have the meeting in a venue large enough to accomidate the commoners of the area.

Riverman1 06/11/12 - 05:36 pm
There Ought to Be a Law

The West Lake meeting with Deal requires a hefty payment from each member of the audience. The article says invitations were only sent to supporters of the bill. I guarantee you everyone in that audience passing money to Deal this way has a financial interest in the T-SPLOST passing. There ought to be a law.

omnomnom 06/11/12 - 06:37 pm
!!!!!!!!!!!!!welcome back

!!!!!!!!!!!!!welcome back riverman!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Retired Army
Retired Army 06/12/12 - 12:26 am
Awww, common River, it's only

Awww, common River, it's only the tax a spend Republicans who are supporting this new tax.

Really, stealing the Democrats mantle from them. Is nothing sacred?

CabisKhan 06/12/12 - 10:31 am
Fuel taxes are supposed to be

Fuel taxes are supposed to be allocated for transportation projects. TSPLOST is not needed and the monies would not be used for transportation nohow.

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