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State Senate to vote on regional sales tax

Proceeds would fund transportation projects

POSTED: February 3, 2009 9:36 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is set to vote on a transportation plan Tuesday that would allow residents to boost the sales tax to pay for road and transit projects.

The bill would permit regions to band together to charge a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation initiatives. Residents in the affected areas must vote to approve the tax hike.

One of the regions would encompass a 10-county region in metro Atlanta, which suffers some of the worst commute times in the nation.

House Republican leaders put forward their own plan on Monday that asks voters to approve a one-cent statewide sales tax for transportation projects.

The Senate proposal is similar to one that fell just short of passing in the final minutes of last year's legislative session.

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