A proposed one-cent sales tax for road improvements met the voters’ stop sign in northeast Georgia Tuesday.
Voters in the 12-county district voted down the proposal 63,307 (62.1 percent) to 38,619 (37.9 percent), with Madison County opposing the proposed transportation special purpose local option sales tax (T-SPLOST).
Only Clarke County favored the one-cent tax, with 71.2 percent of voters in Athens voting for T-SPLOST. The proposal met its fiercest opposition in Jackson County, where 74.4 percent of voters shot it down.
With state revenues dwindling in a down economy, state leaders have looked for new revenue sources for roads. So legislators divided Georgia into 12 transportation regions, hoping that voters in each region would approve a one-cent tax to fund local road projects. The taxes collected would have stayed in that region.
The northeast Georgia region, which included Madison County, projected $987 million in T-SPLOST revenues over the next 10 years.