MONROE, Ga. — A proposed 1% sales tax would raise about $60 million for transportation projects in Walton County, officials said Wednesday.
The Board of Commissioners approved a measure Tuesday night to put the tax before voters in the Nov. 3 general election. If passed, it would go into effect in April 2021 for five years.
Chairman Kevin Little said the funding would leverage another $40 million in matching federal and state money, giving the county an even $100 million for transportation.
Money would be split among the county and its seven cities.
The most expensive project is $6.25 million for improvements to the Georgia 81 corridor. The state highway on the western side of the county extends from south of Loganville through Bold Springs.
There’s also $4 million for improvements to the intersection of Georgia 138 and Georgia 81 in Walnut Grove and $2.5 million each for widening Pleasant Valley Road and for improvements to Center Hill Church Road.
The county would get $7 million for a five-year asphalt patching, resurfacing and striping program.
Every city, and the county, would get money for miscellaneous road improvements, maintenance and construction.
The biggest project in Monroe is $1.8 million for improvements to the exit of U.S. 78 and North Broad Street (Georgia 11).
In all, Monroe would receive slightly less than $9.25 million, or a little more than 15% of the tax revenue.
Loganville stands to receive 10.2% of the money, or a little more than $6.1 million. Major projects there include $1.2 million for improvements to the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Loganville Town Centre, the shopping center that includes Publix.
The biggest single project in Loganville is the realignment and signalization of Rock Road, at a cost of just under $1.5 million.
Social Circle would receive a little over $3 million, with $500,000 each going for roundabouts on major intersections on the Social Circle Parkway (Georgia 11): at South Cherokee Road, East Hightower Trail and North Cherokee Road.