A one percent sales and use tax increase could be in the future for Georgia residents.
The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission hosted a meeting at the Civics Center in Walker County to talk more about the proposed project. There will be a yes or no voter's referendum on the July 31st primary election ballot. Georgia counties have been grouped into several districts. Each will vote separately on the penny sales tax for their region. The tax would be in place for 10 years or until the funding level is reached.
Maps of the project and printed materials explained the proposal at Wednesday's meeting. Over 40,000 jobs would be created with a projected revenue of 1.4 billion dollars. David Kenemer, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission said, "It's a simple majority. It could be voted down in one county, but if the region as a whole votes for it, it would apply to all counties and cities within the region and vice versa."
If the majority vote yes, the one percent sales tax increase would go into effect January 2013. There is no alternative plan at this time if the majority of voters vote against the proposed project.
The next informational meeting will be held Thursday, June 28 from four to seven PM at the Colonade Center in Catoosa County.