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Gwinnett Mayor's Elect Representatives to take part in the Reggional Roundtable
Gwinnett Mayor's Elect Representatives to take part in the Reggional Roundtable

Atlanta, GA--  (submitted by City of Norcross)

The roundtable was created by the Transportation Investment Act of 2010 (HB 277). The bill passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2010, allows 12 regions throughout the state to vote in 2012 on a 10-year, one-cent sales tax for transportation improvements. Friday was the Roundtable’s first official meeting. Mayor Johnson was elected by Gwinnett’s mayors to represent their municipalities during Roundtable discussion along with Commissioner Shirley Lassiter, who represents the county. According to Mayor Johnson, “I will work together with the Gwinnett Mayors and the Commission Chair to represent Gwinnett’s best interests in projects that impact our county. By being elected to this Executive Committee, I look forward to working on projects that will give people transportation choices and improve the quality in the ten-county region."

The Georgia Department of Transportation will initially create a "wish list" of projects based on the Roundtable-approved criteria. The Executive Committee will then narrow it down to a list of projects that can be completed with the amount of revenue the tax is expected to raise, and which can be supported by voters throughout the region. Also named to the committee were Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews, Henry County Commission Chair Elizabeth "BJ" Mathis and Douglas County Commission Chair Tom Worthan. As Mayor Johnson explained, “This is a working committee – we will be meeting with members of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the D.O.T., citizen groups and many other resources that offer a regional vision, gathering the ideas, data and information needed to identify the best projects to propose. Our assignment is to take a holistic approach and look for the best projects to break the gridlock in the metro area."

That list of potential projects will be completed and presented by the Executive Committee to the full Roundtable for adoption by October of 2011.  Once approved by the Roundtable, the project list will be presented to the public for review before the referendum in August 2012.  The referendum calls for a 1% sales tax for a 10-year period to be used only in the region for multimodal transportation improvements.