City, county officials meet today to discuss potential road maintenance improvement tax


County Manager Stan Kelley

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – City and county officials will hold a joint work session at 4:30 p.m. today in the Lumpkin County Administration Building to discuss an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) that could set the stage for a road maintenance and improvement tax next year.

County Manager Stan Kelley said Monday the tax could potentially raise up to $15 million over a five-year period if both sides agree. But first Lumpkin County voters would have to approve the tax in a referendum next March.

If city and county officials agree 0n the IGA and voters okay the tax, a one percent sales tax could be assessed beginning in late June 2018.

Communities all across Georgia are looking for ways to fund badly-needed road projects after a regional transportation special purpose local option sales tax, or TSPLOST, was narrowly rejected by voters May 22.

A representative from the Association County Commissioners Georgia (ACCG) is scheduled to discuss the importance of the tax and both sides are expected to bring a list of potential road projects targeted for funding.

The public is invited to today’s meeting.


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