Bill boosting transit funding passes Georgia House

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Bill boosting transit funding passes Georgia House

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Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch, introduces his bill to boost funding for transit projects on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Georgia House of Representatives. BOB ANDRES / BANDRESa@AJC.COM

Legislation that allows counties and cities to levy incremental sales taxes to pass for special projects passed the Georgia House on  Thursday. 

House Bill 134, sponsored by Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch, continues current law that allows local governments to enact up to 1 percent in transportation special purpose local option sales taxes (known as TSPLOST) in increments .05 percent. 

The bill passed 106-58. 

Counties could split that 1 percent between transit and traditional infrastructure taxes, but the tax would expire after five years.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will again have Georgia’s largest team covering the Legislature. Get complete daily coverage during the legislative session at myAJC.com/georgialegislature.
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