#SB183 — Is GA 400 TOLL Road making a comeback?

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#SB183 — Is GA 400 TOLL Road making a comeback?

Post by Nydia Tisdale » September 5th, 2012, 12:23 pm

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Plan to end 400 toll is welcome news

ForsythNews.com
Editorial
July 22, 2012

Many of those who travel Ga. 400 on a daily basis have cursed the name Sonny Perdue for the past two years, ever since he chose to extend until 2020 the collection of tolls that were supposed to end in 2011.

For many, Perdue’s actions solidified their belief that government can’t be trusted, and added even more aggravation to daily commutes that already were off the top of the frustration scale.

Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal took steps to make things better.

Deal announced Thursday that tolls scheduled to be collected until 2020 will be discontinued by the end of 2013.

Deal was not in the governor’s office when the decision was made to extend the tolls beyond 2011, and had promised to eliminate the cost for driving to and from downtown Atlanta on Ga. 400.

His decision to do so is certainly welcome news.

Many Georgians felt betrayed by Perdue’s actions on the tolls, and with good reason. The original toll was supposed to end once bonds issued for extending Ga. 400 into Buckhead had been retired. But when the time came to do so, the state reneged on its promise, continuing collecting money to pay for more road construction projects.

By doing so, state officials convinced many Georgians that their government simply could not be trusted to do what it promised, and that cynical perception has continued.

On Thursday, Deal referred to the decision to eliminate the tolls early as an effort to help restore trust in government. With a looming decision by Georgia voters on the TSPLOST, the governor also noted that the decision should boost public confidence in major construction projects.

It remains to be seen whether Deal’s promise to lift the tolls will have an impact at the TSPLOST vote, but there’s no doubt it will have an impact on thousands of local residents who battle the traffic into Atlanta and back each day.

Kudos to Gov. Deal for doing the right thing. We look forward to the day the bulldozers remove the toll booths and traffic flows without the necessity of quarters being tossed into metal bins.

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GA 400 Toll Road returning?

Post by Nydia Tisdale » March 11th, 2017, 11:55 am

2017-2018 Regular Session - #SB183

State Road and Tollway Authority; definition; powers of the authority; provide


A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Part 1 of Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 32 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions relative to the State Road and Tollway Authority, so as to provide for a definition; to provide for powers of the authority; to allow for the indefinite collection of tolls in certain instances; to provide for letting of contracts by competitive bids; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal 2012 State of the State

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ANOTHER PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING INFRASTRUCTURE, AND BECAUSE IT IS A KEY BUILDING BLOCK OF JOB CREATION, IT IS A STAR THAT WILL GUIDE OUR COURSE FORWARD. IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY IN WHICH COMMERCE IS INCREASINGLY LONG DISTANCE AND RELIANT ON CUTTING-EDGE LOGISTICS, WE NEED A BIGGER, SMARTER TRANSPORTATION NETWORK TO MOVE PEOPLE AND PRODUCTS IN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS ROADS ON WHICH TRAFFIC AND FREIGHT MOVE FREELY. PORTS THAT HANDLE BIGGER SHIPS. AND AIRPORTS THAT PROCESS PEOPLE AND PACKAGES MORE EFFICIENTLY. TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN METRO-ATLANTA ALONG GEORGIA 400, WE WILL BE WORKING WITH THE DOT TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS. WE WILL MODIFY THE EXISTING SOUTHBOUND LANES FROM McFARLAND ROAD TO CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER, ALLOWING AN ADDITIONAL SOUTHBOUND THROUGH LANE. FROM THE CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER TO I-285 WE WILL IMPLEMENT FLEX SHOULDERS IN EACH DIRECTION. THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL ALLOW TO US BETTER FACILITATE TRAFFIC DURING PEAK RUSH HOURS, ACCOMMODATING THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH THAT THE NORTHERN SUBURBS HAVE EXPERIENCED. RECENTLY, WE CALLED A HALT TO THE P-3 PROJECT FOR THE NORTHWEST CORRIDOR. WHILE THERE WERE MANY REASONS FOR DOING SO, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES THAT I CAN THINK OF WAS THAT I WAS, AM, AND WILL BE OPPOSED TO CONTRACTING AWAY GEORGIA'S SOVEREIGNTY FOR A PERIOD OF 60 TO 70 YEARS ON A TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR THAT IS SO VITAL TO THE FUTURE OF OUR STATE.

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GA Governor Nathan Deal backs permanent tolls, P3 projects

Post by Nydia Tisdale » March 11th, 2017, 11:55 pm

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PRESS RELEASE
March 11, 2017

Contact: Garland Favorito
(404) 664-4044

Deal Reverses Positions, Backs Permanent Tolls, P3 Projects

ATLANTA GA – SB183, a controversial new bill sponsored by Sen. Brandon Beach and three of Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration floor leaders, is likely to change the face of Georgia’s highway system forever but that may not be good news. Opponents at a House Transportation Committee hearing last week contend that the changes will benefit well-connected private parties while Georgia citizens will incur permanent new road toll taxes that never sunset.

The SB183 bill text legalizes permanent toll roads, eliminates the competitive bid requirement for toll roads, and authorizes State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to extend credit to private individuals and organizations involved in various aspects of road construction. The credit would be extended from taxpayer funds to “any other entity” without legislative approval. The changes allow SRTA to extend tolls permanently without legislative approval even if construction costs are recovered. SRTA would also be able to rout the funds to non-road projects that could be hundreds of miles away from where the extra toll funds are collected.

The plain bill language contains major reversals in Gov. Deal’s previous 2012 opposition to both permanent mandatory tolls and public-private road partnerships (P3) that he spoke against in his 2012 State of the State Address. In that address when he referred to the Northwest Corridor, Deal said: “I was, am, and will be opposed to contracting away Georgia’s sovereignty for a period of 60 or 70 years over a transportation corridor that is so vital to the future of our state.”

Committee members expressed concern that loosely worded bill language would extend credit to a private individual or company for “acquisition” of construction assets, an entire transportation project, or land for right-of-way. Bill proponents contend that extension of credit is needed for private partners to access tax free bonds and that “value engineering” can be more cost effective than competitive bidding. No example was cited in the hearing of a completed project where value engineering was more cost effective than competitive bidding.

The committee will likely amend SB183 before hearing it again on Thursday, March 16 at 2pm in Room 506 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB). Opponents hope that the committee focuses on provisions they claim can create a P3 “cash cow” at taxpayer expense and content that legalizes permanent tolls without prohibiting mandatory road tolls or tolls on existing road capacity.

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#SB183 House Transportation Committee Hearing

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House Transportation Committee Hearing on Senate Bill 183 on March 9, 2017.

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#SB183 Bill would let state keep tolls after roads are paid

Post by Nydia Tisdale » March 13th, 2017, 10:30 am

Georgia bill would let state keep tolls after roads are paid off

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By David Wickert and Kristina Torres
February 28, 2017

State transportation officials are seeking the General Assembly’s blessing for their plan to use tolls as a permanent tool to regulate traffic on Georgia’s congested highways.

On Tuesday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 183 by a vote of 50-1. The bill grants the State Road and Tollway Authority the power to collect tolls on road projects in perpetuity, rather than letting the tolls expire once road construction projects are paid for.

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Statehouse Staffers Explain How To Influence Ga. Lawmakers

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Statehouse Staffers Explain How To Influence Ga. Lawmakers

WABE 90.1
By Johnny Kauffman
February 14, 2017

One or two emails or calls perks up the ears of a lawmaker, a dozen contacts and they know something must be up, but 20 or 30 and “you know it’s a crisis situation and something that’s going to take a lot of your time.” ... Form letters from special interest groups where people just type in their name online don’t mean much.

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Georgia House of Representatives 2017-2018 regular session

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Georgia House of Representatives — 180 members

2017-2018 Regular Session

stacey.abrams@house.ga.gov; kimberly.alexander@house.ga.gov; mandi.ballinger@house.ga.gov; timothy.barr@house.ga.gov; paul.battles@house.ga.gov; debra.bazemore@house.ga.gov; sharon.teague@house.ga.gov; dc.belton@house.ga.gov; karen.bennett@house.ga.gov; patty.bentley@house.ga.gov; tommy.benton@house.ga.gov; beth.beskin@house.ga.gov; james.beverly@house.ga.gov; shaw.blackmon@house.ga.gov; william.boddie@house.ga.gov; josh.bonner@house.ga.gov; bruce.broadrick@house.ga.gov; buzz.brockway@house.ga.gov; roger.bruce@house.ga.gov; debbie.buckner@house.ga.gov; rhonda.burnough@house.ga.gov; jon.burns@house.ga.gov; michael.caldwell@house.ga.gov; johnnie.caldwell@house.ga.gov; park.cannon@house.ga.gov; wes.cantrell@house.ga.gov; john.carson@house.ga.gov; amy.carter@house.ga.gov; doreen.carter@house.ga.gov; david.casas@house.ga.gov; joyce.chandler@house.ga.gov; david.clark@house.ga.gov; heath.clark@house.ga.gov; brooks.coleman@house.ga.gov; j.collins@house.ga.gov; kevin.cooke@house.ga.gov; christian.coomer@house.ga.gov; sharon.cooper@house.ga.gov; john.corbett@house.ga.gov; clay.cox@house.ga.gov; john.deffenbaugh@house.ga.gov; katie.dempsey@house.ga.gov; pam.dickerson@house.ga.gov; robert.dickey@house.ga.gov; matt.dollar@house.ga.gov; demetrius.douglas@house.ga.gov; karla.drenner@house.ga.gov; david.dreyer@house.ga.gov; matt.dubnik@house.ga.gov; winfred.dukes@house.ga.gov; emory.dunahoo@house.ga.gov; geoff.duncan@house.ga.gov; darrel.ealum@house.ga.gov; chuck.efstration@house.ga.gov; earl.ehrhart@house.ga.gov; terry.england@house.ga.gov; bubber.epps@house.ga.gov; stacey.evans@house.ga.gov; barry.fleming@house.ga.gov; gloria.frazier@house.ga.gov; spencer.frye@house.ga.gov; pat.gardner@house.ga.gov; dan.gasaway@house.ga.gov; carl.gilliard@house.ga.gov; sheri.gilligan@house.ga.gov; mike.glanton@house.ga.gov; rich.golick@house.ga.gov; craig.gordon@house.ga.gov; micah.gravley@house.ga.gov; gerald.greene@house.ga.gov; matt.gurtler@house.ga.gov; meagan.hanson@house.ga.gov; buddy.harden@house.ga.gov; brett.harrell@house.ga.gov; matt.hatchett@house.ga.gov; lee.hawkins@house.ga.gov; michele.henson@house.ga.gov; dewayne.hill@house.ga.gov; scott.hilton@house.ga.gov; bill.hitchens@house.ga.gov; don.hogan@house.ga.gov; scott.holcomb@house.ga.gov; susan.holmes@house.ga.gov; penny.houston@house.ga.gov; wayne.howard@house.ga.gov; carolyn.hugley@house.ga.gov; derrick.jackson@house.ga.gov; mack.jackson@house.ga.gov; rick.jasperse@house.ga.gov; jan.jones@house.ga.gov; jeff.jones@house.ga.gov; sheila.jones@house.ga.gov; todd.jones@house.ga.gov; vernon.jones@house.ga.gov; trey.kelley@house.ga.gov; darshun.kendrick@house.ga.gov; tom.kirby@house.ga.gov; david.knight@house.ga.gov; dominic.lariccia@house.ga.gov; brenda.lopez@house.ga.gov; jodi.lott@house.ga.gov; eddie.lumsden@house.ga.gov; pete.marin@house.ga.gov; chuck.martin@house.ga.gov; karen.mathiak@house.ga.gov; howard.maxwell@house.ga.gov; tom.mccall@house.ga.gov; dewey.mcclain@house.ga.gov; bill.mcgowan@house.ga.gov; john.meadows@house.ga.gov; marie.metze@house.ga.gov; billy.mitchell@house.ga.gov; greg.morris@house.ga.gov; howard.mosby@house.ga.gov; sheila.nelson@house.ga.gov; mark.newton@house.ga.gov; chad.nimmer@house.ga.gov; randy.nix@house.ga.gov; mary.oliver@house.ga.gov; miriam.paris@house.ga.gov; samuel.park@house.ga.gov; larry.parrish@house.ga.gov; don.parsons@house.ga.gov; allen.peake@house.ga.gov; jesse.petrea@house.ga.gov; john.pezold@house.ga.gov; clay.pirkle@house.ga.gov; alan.powell@house.ga.gov; jay.powell@house.ga.gov; betty.price@house.ga.gov; brian.prince@house.ga.gov; jimmy.pruett@house.ga.gov; regina.quick@house.ga.gov; brad.raffensperger@house.ga.gov; paulette.rakestraw@house.ga.gov; david.ralston@house.ga.gov; bert.reeves@house.ga.gov; trey.rhodes@house.ga.gov; jason.ridley@house.ga.gov; terry.rogers@house.ga.gov; dale.rutledge@house.ga.gov; ed.rynders@house.ga.gov; sandra.scott@house.ga.gov; ed.setzler@house.ga.gov; renitta.shannon@house.ga.gov; dexter.sharper@house.ga.gov; jason.shaw@house.ga.gov; deborah.silcox@house.ga.gov; lynn.smith@house.ga.gov; michael.smith@house.ga.gov; richard.smith@house.ga.gov; calvin.smyre@house.ga.gov; jason.spencer@house.ga.gov; mickey.stephens@house.ga.gov; ron.stephens@house.ga.gov; pamela.stephenson@house.ga.gov; valencia.stovall@house.ga.gov; david.stover@house.ga.gov; brian.strickland@house.ga.gov; jan.tankersley@house.ga.gov; kevin.tanner@house.ga.gov; steve.tarvin@house.ga.gov; darlene.taylor@house.ga.gov; tom.taylor@house.ga.gov; sam.teasley@house.ga.gov; erica.thomas@house.ga.gov; mable.thomas@house.ga.gov; robert.trammell@house.ga.gov; scot.turner@house.ga.gov; keisha.waites@house.ga.gov; sam.watson@house.ga.gov; andy.welch@house.ga.gov; william.werkheiser@house.ga.gov; david.wilkerson@house.ga.gov; wendell.willard@house.ga.gov; coach.williams@house.ga.gov; al.williams@house.ga.gov; chuck.williams@house.ga.gov; rick.williams@house.ga.gov; bruce.williamson@house.ga.gov

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#SB183 — Georgia highway tolls may never expire

Post by Nydia Tisdale » March 14th, 2017, 11:55 am

Georgia highway tolls may never expire

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By David Wickert
March 1, 2017

State transportation officials are seeking the General Assembly’s blessing for their plan to use tolls as a permanent tool to regulate traffic on Georgia’s congested highways.

On Tuesday the Senate gave its consent, approving Senate Bill 183 by a vote of 50-1. The bill grants the State Road and Tollway Authority the power to collect tolls on road projects in perpetuity, rather than letting the tolls expire once road construction projects are paid for.

In the past, the state has pledged revenue from tolls to help pay for construction projects, but promised to remove the tolls when the project is paid off. One example: Ga. 400, where – after a public outcry against plans to keep the tolls – state officials removed them in 2013.

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#SB183 Permanent highway tolls draw fire in General Assembly

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Permanent highway tolls draw fire in General Assembly

Atlanta Business Chronicle
By Dave Williams
March 9, 2017

Georgia lawmakers heard pushback Thursday to legislation that would let the state collect tolls permanently on the toll roads being built across metro Atlanta.

The bill, which passed the Georgia Senate last week and is now before the state House of Representatives, would allow the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to continue collecting tolls after the bonds financing a toll project have been paid off if repaying the bonds is not the "primary or exclusive" purpose of the tolls.

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Georgia House of Representatives 2017 regular session

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Contact Georgia Representatives with concerns about Senate Bill 183, #SB183 allowing permanent toll roads.

Acworth
Ed Setzler: ed.setzler@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7857

Albany
Winfred Dukes: winfred.dukes@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0126
Ed Rynders: ed.rynders@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6801
Darrel Ealum: darrel.ealum@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0116

Alpharetta
Chuck Martin: chuck.martin@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5064

Americus
Bill McGowan: bill.mcgowan@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6372

Ashburn
Clay Pirkle: clay.pirkle@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0188

Athens
Regina Quick: regina.quick@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0220
Spencer Frye: spencer.frye@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265

Atlanta
Roger Bruce: roger.bruce@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7859
Pam Stephenson: pamela.stephenson@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0126
Keisha Waites: keisha.waites@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0220
Sheila Jones: sheila.jones@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0126
Scott Holcomb: scott.holcomb@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6372
Stacey Abrams: stacey.abrams@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5058
Howard Mosby: howard.mosby@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0287
Beth Beskin: beth.beskin@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0254
Park Cannon: park.cannon@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7859
David Dreyer: david.dreyer@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265
Pat Gardner: pat.gardner@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265
Marie Metze: marie.metze@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6372
Deborah Silcox: deborah.silcox@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0109
Able Mable Thomas: mable.thomas@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6372

Auburn
Terry England: terry.england@house.ga.gov; 404.463.2245

Augusta
Mark Newton: mark.newton@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0325
Brian Prince: brian.prince@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0116
Wayne Howard: wayne.howard@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6372
Sheila Nelson: sheila.nelson@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6372

Austell
Erica Thomas: erica.thomas@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7859

Avondale Estates
Karla Drenner: karla.drenner@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0202
“Coach” Williams: coach.williams@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0202

Blackshear
Chad Nimmer: chad.nimmer@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7857

Blue Ridge
David Ralston: david.ralston@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5020

Bonaire
Shaw Blackmon: shaw.blackmon@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0178

Brookhaven
Meagan Hanson: meagan.hanson@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0325

Brooklet
Jan Tankersley: jan.tankersley@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7855

Brunswick
Jeff Jones: jeff.jones@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0178

Buckhead
Dave Belton: dc.belton@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0152

Buford
David Clark: david.clark@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0298

Butler
Patty Bentley: patty.bentley@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0287

Calhoun
John Meadows: john.meadows@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5141

Camilla
Jay Powell: jay.powell@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5103

Canton
Mandi Ballinger: mandi.ballinger@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5105

Carrollton
Kevin Cooke: kevin.cooke@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0188

Cartersville
Christian Coomer: christian.coomer@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5024
Paul Battles: paul.battles@house.ga.gov; 404.463.7853

Cedartown
Trey Kelley: trey.kelley@house.ga.gov; 404.657.1803

Chatsworth
Jason Ridley: jason.ridley@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0325

Chickamauga
Steve Tarvin: steve.tarvin@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0254

Clarkesville
Terry Rogers: terry.rogers@house.ga.gov; 404.651.7737

Columbus
Richard Smith: richard.smith@house.ga.gov; 404.656.6831
Carolyn Hugley: carolyn.hugley@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5058
Calvin Smyre: calvin.smyre@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0109

Conyers
Pamela Dickerson: pam.dickerson@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0314

Cordele
Buddy Harden: buddy.harden@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7855

Cumming
Todd Jones: todd.jones@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0287
Geoff Duncan: geoff.duncan@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0188
Sheri Gilligan: sheri.gilligan@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0325

Cuthbert
Gerald Greene: gerald.greene@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5105

Dacula
Chuck Efstration: chuck.efstration@house.ga.gov; 404.651.7737

Dallas
Howard Maxwell: howard.maxwell@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5143

Dalton
Bruce Broadrick, Sr.: bruce.broadrick@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0298

Dawsonville
Kevin Tanner: kevin.tanner@house.ga.gov; 404.656.3947

Decatur
Mary Margaret Oliver: mary.oliver@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265
Renitta Shannon: renitta.shannon@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7859

Douglas
Dominic Lariccia: dominic.lariccia@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0287

Douglasville
Micah Gravley: micah.gravley@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0152

Dry Branch
Bubber Epps: bubber.epps@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7855

Dublin
Matt Hatchett: matt.hatchett@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5025

Duluth
Brooks Coleman: brooks.coleman@house.ga.gov; 404.656.9210
Pedro “Pete” Marin: pete.marin@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0314

Dunwoody
Tom Taylor: tom.taylor@house.ga.gov; 404.656.3949

East Point
William Boddie: william.boddie@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0109

Eastman
Jimmy Pruett: jimmy.pruett@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7855

Elberton
Tom McCall: tom.mccall@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5099

Ellenwood
Valencia Stovall: valencia.stovall@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0314

Evans
Jodi Lott: jodi.lott@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0178

Fortson
John Pezold: john.pezold@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0188

Gainesville
Lee Hawkins: lee.hawkins@house.ga.gov; 404.656-0213
Matt Dubnik: matt.dubnik@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0188

Garden City
Carl Gilliard: carl.gilliard@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7859

Gillsville
Emory Dunahoo, Jr.: emory.dunahoo@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0152

Glennville
William Werkheiser: william.werkheiser@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0254

Greensboro
Trey Rhodes: trey.rhodes@house.ga.gov; 404.651.7737

Griffin
Karen Mathiak: karen.mathiak@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0287
David Knight: david.knight@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5099

Harlem
Barry Fleming: barry.fleming@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0152

Hartwell
Alan Powell: alan.powell@house.ga.gov; 404.463.3793

Hephzibah
Gloria Frazier: gloria.frazier@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265

Hiram
Kimberly Alexander: kimberly.alexander@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7859
Paulette Rakestraw: paulette.braddock@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0177

Holly Springs
Scot Turner: scot.turner@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0152

Homer
Daniel Gasaway: dan.gasaway@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0325

Jasper
Rick Jasperse: rick.jasperse@house.ga.gov; 404.656.7857

Jefferson
Tommy Benton: tommy.benton@house.ga.gov; 404.656.5126

Johns Creek
Brad Raffensperger: brad.raffensperger@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0254

Jonesboro
Mike Glanton: mike.glanton@house.ga.gov; 404.657.1803

Junction City
Debbie Buckner: debbie.buckner@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0116

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Michael Smith: michael.smith@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265
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David Stover: david.stover@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0178

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Katie Dempsey: katie.dempsey@house.ga.gov; 404.463.2247

Roswell
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Savannah
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Jesse Petrea: jesse.petrea@house.ga.gov; 404.657.1803
J. Craig Gordon: craig.gordon@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0287
Mickey Stephens: mickey.stephens@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0265

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Stacey Evans: stacey.evans@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0116

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J Collins: j.collins@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0109

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Watkinsville
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Woodstock
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Michael Caldwell: michael.caldwell@house.ga.gov; 404.656.0152

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#SB183 Letter to Rep. Kevin Tanner on Senate Bill 183

Post by Nydia Tisdale » March 15th, 2017, 10:30 am

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March 14, 2017

Dear Chairman Tanner and Transportation Committee Members,

Thank you for your willingness to listen and understand general public comments regarding SB183. I will try to summarize below what I believe to be the major concerns:

Section 2 allows SRTA to extend credit to private individuals and organizations involved in a project. This is a complete departure from standard GDOT procedures. Those who could receive credit may even be financially unqualified contractors based on normal GDOT certification procedures. Furthermore, credit can be extended to “any other entity” which would include a governor’s friends or family members who simply open a DBA account related to transportation. For these reasons, extension of credit should be struck from the bill.

Section 4 eliminates the competitive bid requirement without adequate justification. No completed projects have been cited to prove that “value engineering” is as cost effective as competitive bidding. GDOT projects are funded by the legislature while SRTA imposes direct toll taxation upon Georgia citizens. Those citizens who have to pay the tolls directly should have the final word on the processes that they will directly fund. The standard competitive bid process should continue to be required to help ensure that they will be taxed as leniently as possible. Therefore, the language removing the competitive bid requirement should be struck from the bill.

Section 3 legalizes permanent toll roads in Georgia. There are no provisions to prevent misdirection of funds once construction costs have been recovered. Toll revenue can be directed to non-road projects hundreds of miles from where the toll is collected. While most of the general public supports funding of new construction with optional express lane tolls, they do not want to legalize permanent tolls. Toll roads do not “mitigate congestion” as claimed. They cause congestion instead. Citizens choose to use non-tolled roads and road section to avoid extra taxation as we saw on I-75 and I-85. We learned that Georgians do not want permanent toll roads during the public uproar over the inappropriate GA400 toll extension. Therefore, the legalization of permanent toll roads should be struck from the bill.

Section 3 allows mandatory tolls to be imposed on Georgia roads in the same manner as implemented in states like New Jersey and Florida. It also allows tolls to be placed on existing road capacity. Once again, while most of the general public supports funding of new construction with optional express lane tolls, it is wholly inappropriate to impose tolls on existing roads for which they have already paid to be tolled. Likewise, Georgians should continue to be free to travel on any road without paying a mandatory toll like what was on GA400. Georgians can be proud that our tax revenue has been managed efficiently to allow free travel. Mandatory tolls and tolls on existing road capacity should be expressly prohibited by the bill.

I hope that the committee will be able to correct some of these during the week. Please let us see a copy of the amended bill before the committee hearing on Thursday.

Thank You,
Garland Favorito
Founder, VoterGa, Free Ga400 Project
770 993 3622 HM, 404 664 4044 CL

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