DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Laurens County leaders believe passing the T-SPLOST would be a smart move for their region known as "The Heart of Georgia."
"None of us like taxes, I don't either, but I think it is a reasonable way for us to raise money for transportation," says Mayor Phil Best, Dublin.
Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Telfair, Treutlen, Wheeler, and Wilcox Counties are part of the 17 counties that stretch from middle Georgia to the southeast part of the state. These counties are part of one of the 12 areas in the state that will vote on the T-SPLOST on the July 31st ballot.
Dublin resident, Louie Curry believes his region would benefit greatly if voters say yes to the tax increase.
"The money will come right back to this region and create jobs. It will help us grow and be competitive and that's what it's about right now."
Heath Garrett with the 'Connect Georgia Campaign' says, if this tax passes, "The Heart of Georgia" region could see nearly 11,000 jobs created as the transportation projects unfold.
"I would say that 20-30% of those jobs are going to be Laurens County centric and maybe even more."
Mayor Best agrees. He believes this tax will bring in more jobs than just those created by the projects.
"It'll be another tool in the box for economic development."
The ten year tax will generate $11.2 million dollars for local projects within Laurens County. Laurens County Commissioner Buddy Adams, and Mayor Best believe this money will help them make this region a stop off between Atlanta and Savannah.
"It makes a lof of sense to locate a distribution center or any other business here," says Best.