Tonight, Middle Georgians were invited to a public meeting in Perry to take a first look at the T-SPLOST. It's a tax created by the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, that would add another penny to every dollar in 11 counties in Middle Georgia:
"If we don't do something to help ourselves, it may be a long long time before any of these projects can get done from the federal and state level," says Pulaski Commissioner Brooks Bailey.
It started in 2010 when the state of Georgia created 12 special tax districts to raise funds for improvements through the Transportation Investment Act.
"There are some good projects on the list," says Chairman Tommy Stalnaker, Houston County.
Two representatives from each county worked on the round table to come up with the list of projects, and if they all agree to move forward, this tax levy could end up on a multi-county ballot next July.
"But the question is whether or not this is the rigth time, in my personal opinion, to be asking people for that additional penny?" says Chairman Stalnaker.
Perry Mayor James Fairthcloth says if the T-SPLOST does pass, it would help fund more projects that didn't make the cut in 2006 when the Houston County SPLOST passed.
"We are growing and if we can't continue with the capital improvements, then we're going to be in trouble just like all the other regional commissions will be," says Mayor Faircloth.
Houston County resident, Walton Wood, isn't on board with the possible increase.
"Our leaders through selective SPLOST's, and previous years have our roads in pretty good shape, and there's no reason for citizens of Houston County to be funding projects in other counties," says Wood.
This is a very real possibility according to Commissioner Bailey.
"This SPLOST will pay back to our county, probably about $1.2 million per year, which is probably as much as we put into a SPLOST at one cent. So we will probably get almost all our money back, now some of the bigger counties may not," says Commissioner Bailey.
It could be up to the voters to decide if the project is worth the penny.
The next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13th,
at the Middle Georgia Regional Commission Offices in Macon from 5 to 7pm.