The report also include several proposals requested by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Among other things, ACCG has asked the state to:
*Allow counties that pass a fractional single-county transportation sales tax for less than 1 percent to hold a second referendum for the remaining balance before the existing tax expires. Currently, state law allows counties to have only one such tax at a time. The provision could pave the way for Fulton County – which approved a .75 percent tax for road and other transportation improvements in November – to hold a second referendum on a .25 percent tax for a MARTA expansion.
*Allow counties to collect any fractional sales tax portion dedicated to transit for up to 20 years. That would make it easier to make big capital investments and could pave the way for federal funding of local transit projects.
Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, the chairman of the study committee, said some transit measures could be enacted in the General Assembly’s 2017 session. But he said a comprehensive transit plan – including state funding – likely won’t come until 2018.
“There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered before anybody here will commit one way or another,” Gooch said. “But this is a good first step.”
You can read more about the General Assembly's study of transit issues here.