Ga. Voters Deciding Transportation Tax Referendum

2:21 PM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Voters across Georgia will decide Tuesday whether to levy a penny sales tax to fund transportation projects in their communities.

Supporters have spent $8 million trying to convince voters the plan will add jobs, ease congestion and improve their quality of life. Critics blast the plan as not only the heftiest tax proposal in state history, but as a false strategy that addresses neither sprawl nor smart growth.

A dozen regions will each hold their own votes on the referendum. If approved by a region's voters, money generated by the tax would be spent on projects in that region. Regions that do not pass the referendum get nothing.

If passed in all 12 regions, the tax would generate more than $18 billion to pay for projects over the next decade.

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