OAKWOOD — State transportation officials held a public information meeting at Oakwood City Hall last night to gather public comments on the T-SPLOST referendum scheduled to go before voters on July 31.
Srikanth Yamala, the planning manager for the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization, focused her presentation on road improvements over the next 10 years, which included the widening of Spout Springs in South
Hall and Cleveland Highway in North Hall.
Some attendees complained about a lack of proposed improvement in local transit systems provided for in the T-SPLOST.
There are plans for improvement, Yamala said, but “we need additional transit dollars to make those plans happen.”
The sales tax will be voted on statewide, but will be approved or rejected in each of 12 established regions throughout the state.
Hall falls in the 13-county Georgia Mountains region, where a $1.25 billion revenue haul is projected. Hall County would receive some $300 million for nine regional projects and another $60 million for projects as determined by local governments.
But those improvements will mean an increase in taxes from 7 to 8 percent in Hall County.
Copyright Glory 1330 2013