As mayor of Oakwood, I encourage voters to learn the facts about T-SPLOST and strongly consider its passage as a step toward sustaining economic growth in our community, Hall County and all of Northeast Georgia.
In Oakwood, our City Council is proud of the past 12 consecutive years without a tax increase. I believe T-SPLOST will help us continue this streak. The reason is that 25 percent of this penny sales tax would go directly to municipalities and counties for life-cycle road maintenance and other ongoing local transportation improvements.
That would be a nice boost to our city budget.
The remainder of the transportation sales tax dollars collected in Northeast Georgia would remain in Northeast Georgia — to be allocated to a long list of road projects that are strategic components of our local economic development efforts. Exit 14, the new Interstate 985 interchange near the Atlanta Falcons complex, ties in our recently completed Thurmon Tanner Parkway — the commercial centerpiece of our Oakwood 2030 vision plan.
Additional key projects are nearby Spout Springs Road and the Ga. 211 connector between Interstates 985 and 85.
These projects, already overdue because of limited state funding, represent vitally important transportation infrastructure that serves as an underpinning to our schools, fire, police, recreation and other government services provided to residents of Oakwood and Hall County.
The future is not going to wait around forever. That’s why we need to move ahead now to approve T-SPLOST.
mayor, city of Oakwood