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6-18-12 T-SPLOST and what it may mean to Oconee County - (July 31 Referendum)

……Funding transportation is a challenge. A county official has to seek viable solutions to a problem. Being against something alone does not usually have a lot of voter appeal. Alternatives need to be considered or promoted. While a list of State Aid projects for Oconee is available, there is little information available on the County Website about local projects that would be funded. I think that is a mistake by our county leaders. More public discussion and participation would have helped with the understanding of the referendum and its consequences. It behooves all voters to learn more about T-SPLOST before voting on July 31, 2012. There is factual information available online. SOME LINKS APPEAR BELOW.

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June 17, 2012

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T-SPLOST and what it may mean to Oconee County - (July 31 Referendum)

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By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc

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Transportation funding is complicated.   Many politicians are saying they oppose the T-SPLOST Referendum being held state-wide on July 31.   The Referendum is authorized by the Georgia Transportation Investment Act (TIA) of 2010.   While we will vote statewide, projects and results will be decided by regions of the state.   Oconee County is in the NEGA Regional Development Commission Region.    Some neighboring counties, Barrow, Walton and Newton are partly in NEGA RDC and partly in the Atlanta Metro Region.

            T-SPLOST REGIONS STATEWIDE MAP 2012

                http://www.it3.ga.gov/Documents/MPOandRCBoundaries.pdf

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There is confusion about the tax and how it works.   I don’t agree with the way it was adopted and the way projects were chosen- a roundtable group in the NEGA RDC made the final selections for our region.   The Roundtable included Jackson County Chair, Hunter Bicknell, and Oconee Commission Chair Melvin Davis.   SEE LIST OF OCONEE PROJECTS BELOW.

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There are reports of negative impacts on regions and counties that do not pass the Referendum.   Much GA & FEDERAL Transportation funding is apparently tied to the Plan.

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Some folks talk about the GA DOT as if it is a monster.   However, it is the primary source of financial help with local and state transportation funding.   In my experience, I found most of its personnel to be reasonable and cooperative- especially if approached with a cooperative attitude and willingness to provide local effort and funding for local projects. 

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For several years, I chaired the ACCG Transportation Committee and we struggled with transportation funding issues.   In the 90’s, ACCG pushed hard for a 1 % gas tax increase for Transportation.   T-SPLOST is a creature of the Legislature.  Legislators realize that the Department of Transportation needs more funds.The state is falling behind in road maintenance and local road funding in Oconee County has been falling short for several years. 

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Funding transportation is a challenge.   An elected official has to seek viable solutions to a problem.   Being against something alone does not usually have a lot of voter appeal.   Alternatives need to be considered or promoted.

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While a list of State Aid projects for Oconee is available, there is little information available on the County Website about local projects that would be funded.   I think that is a mistake by our county leaders.   More public discussion and participation would have helped with the understanding of the referendum and its consequences.

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It behooves all voters to learn more about T-SPLOST before voting on July 31, 2012.   There is factual information available online.   SOME LINKS APPEAR BELOW.


T-SPLOST PROJECTS LIST IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA JUNE 2012

http://www.dot.state.ga.us/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/transreferendum/Documents/ProjectList/Northeast%20GA.pdf

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T-SPLOST REGIONS STATEWIDE MAP 2012

http://www.it3.ga.gov/Documents/MPOandRCBoundaries.pdf

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TRANSPORTATION REFERENDUM 2012 –GA DOT Fact Website

http://www.dot.state.ga.us/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/transreferendum/Pages/default.aspx

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OCONEE COUNTY WEBSITE ON T-SPLOST-6.17.12

http://www.oconeecounty.com/94-latest-news/177-t-splost-info-for-july-31-election

T-SPLOST referendum slated for July 31, 2012

Please click here for a link to the NEGRC website for a list of the proposed projects for the T-SPLOST referendum.

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NORTHEAST GA REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION MAP AND INFO 2012

http://www.negrc.org/

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T-SPLOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 2012

http://www.dot.state.ga.us/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/transreferendum/Pages/FAQ.aspx

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What happens if the Transportation Referendum doesn’t pass?

If the Transportation Referendum doesn’t pass with a “yes” vote from the majority of each region’s voters, transportation projects will be implemented at a slower schedule and pace, with many projects remaining unfunded. Ultimately, Georgia’s regions and the state as a whole would not be able to address its transportation infrastructure needs for a growing population and potential economic development. Studies show that additional investment produces long-term economic stability for our state.

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What will be the process of delivering the projects?

Georgia DOT is working with our partners to develop a new project delivery process. It will be a more streamlined process than usual Georgia DOT projects, as many of the TIA projects will not require the more lengthy federal environmental approval process. While efficient and timely delivery is important, Georgia DOT will not compromise safety and quality in the development and delivery of these projects.

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What is the split of the local dollars going to local jurisdictions?

As the law states, 85 percent (in Atlanta) and 75 percent (outside Atlanta) will be used for regionally approved projects on the list. The remaining 15 and 25 percent may be used on local discretionary projects decided by the local government based on the established Local Assistance Road Program (LARP) formula.

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What process will be used to determine order of projects being delivered?

Generally, projects have a schedule approved by the regional roundtables in three bands (years 1-3, years 4-7 and years 8-10). This guides how projects are delivered. Projects will also be scheduled based on their “readiness” and funding availability

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How will transparency be achieved?

Establishing and implementing this new TIA project delivery program is an exercise in cooperation, collaboration and communication. Georgia DOT will continue to coordinate with its partner agencies, local governments, the leadership of Regional Commissions, and the regional Citizens Review Panels to achieve efficiency and transparency. In addition, periodic reports will be made to the Georgia General Assembly and to the public that will provide updates on projects and expenditures.

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T-SPLOST PROJECTS LIST IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA JUNE 2012

http://www.dot.state.ga.us/localgovernment/FundingPrograms/transreferendum/Documents/ProjectList/Northeast%20GA.pdf

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T-SPLOST PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR OCONEE COUNTY IN 2012 REFERENDUM

County

Project ID

Project Name/Description

Total Cost

TIA amount

Oconee County

RC05-000111

Daniells Bridge Road Improvements

$ 1,000,000

$ 1,000,000

Oconee County

RC05-000114

Jimmy Daniell Road (center turn lane and shoulder widening)

$ 3,000,000

$ 3,000,000

Oconee County

RC05-000116

Mars Hill Rd./Experiment Station Rd. Widening — Phase 1

$ 25,778,247

$ 6,000,000

Oconee County

RC05-000117

Mars Hill Rd./Experiment Station Rd. Widening — Phase 2

$ 14,640,882

$ 5,000,000

Oconee County

RC05-000118

Mars Hill Rd./Experiment Station Rd. Widening — Phase 3

$ 9,260,206

$ 5,000,000

Oconee County

RC05-000120

Oconee Connector/SR 316 Interchange Improvements

$ 20,000,000

$ 20,000,000

Oconee County

RC05-000121

Simonton Bridge Road

$ 1,500,000

$ 1,500,000

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ATLANTA –METRO REGION PROJECTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION –AJC – 6.17.12

http://www.ajc.com/news/transportation-referendum/public-in-the-dark-1459227.html

Public ‘in the dark’ on T-SPLOST

$ 1B Share of transportation funds for localities does not require project list

The battle over how the region would spend $ 6.14 billion to fix metro Atlanta’s transportation quagmire is in full roar.

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……….Each of the region’s counties, cities and towns would get a share of the $ 1 billion to spend on transportation. But unlike the regional $ 6 billion fund, there is no requirement to list a single project for the $ 1 billion local fund. In many cases, voters at the polls July 31 will have no way of knowing where the projects are that the local money would build.

     An Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey of all 78 of the region’s city, town and county governments found that more than half don’t even have a project list more than two years after the referendum bill became law.

   Of those that have a list, many are not complete. At least 10 refuse to choose projects at all until after the vote passes. One said it would be “presumptuous” to do so. Eight did not respond to questions from the AJC about what they might do with the money.

   It’s a stark contrast to the main $ 6 billion fund. For that list, the law established rigorous guidelines for choosing projects. The proposals were discussed in open meetings and a public vote set. By law, that list is complete. Voters can know what projects they’re choosing in what locations when they go to the polls in six weeks…………………..


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