Chamber of Commerce throws support behind transportation sales tax

Mat Hunt Elbert Chamber

The Elbert County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday in support of the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST), to be decided by Elbert County voters in a referendum March 19.
Chamber Chairman Mat Hunt said the directors considered “the need to maintain and improve roads in the fairest possible way, and after considering state precedent in other parts of Georgia” in their action to support the proposed one-cent tax for improvements to county roads and city streets in Bowman and Elberton.
Hunt said the chamber will hold an Eggs and Issues Breakfast on March 7 with Georgia DOT Planning Director Jay Roberts and other state officials to discuss the TSPLOST proposal. Tickets for the event, to be held at the Elbert County campus of Athens Technical College, are on sale at the chamber office in the Civic Center and will be available online as well.
During their work session on Thursday afternoon, the Elbert County Board of Commissioners briefly discussed the evaluation of roads that could be repaired with the county’s share of TSPLOST revenues, which are estimated at a total of $9.8 million over a five-year period if the tax is approved by the voters.
Commissioner Chris Alexander said he will be making a motion at the board’s regular meeting on Monday regarding the use of TSPLOST funds in the county.
”Monday, I want to make a motion that we use these TSPLOST proceeds, if it passes, for nothing but resurfacing,” Alexander said, adding that roads needing patching would be included, but that any new road construction would be paid for with existing Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant funding from the state.

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