The Marietta Daily Journal – Taking the bypass Cobb lawmakers weigh in on gas tax but don t commit to hike

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Nov

The Marietta Daily Journal – Taking the bypass Cobb lawmakers weigh in on gas tax but don t commit to hike

Cobb’s representatives in the state’s General Assembly agree transportation funding will need to be addressed in the coming legislative session, but none would commit to the possibility of raising the state’s gas tax.

According to Keith Golden, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia has the 10th largest transportation system in the United States, but is 49th in spending on transportation per capita.

State Rep. John Carson (R-northeast Cobb) explained how the gas tax works.

“Here in Cobb, we have 6 percent (sales tax) on retail purchases, including motor fuel sales,” he said. “Of the 6 percent, 2 cents go to Cobb County, 3 cents go to the DOT and 1 cent goes to the state general fund.”

This funding system has resulted in lower revenue for transportation projects as gas mileage has improved in newer cars, said state Sen. Lindsey Tippins (R-west Cobb).

“I think one of the problems compounding it is through the years — as automobiles have gotten better gas mileage — the gas tax is not producing the revenue that we have needed to maintain our highway system,” he said.

State Rep. Don Parsons (R-east Cobb) said the funding system is “not based upon all the current realities,” and he hopes a state committee looking at funding for transportation projects — the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding — will come up with “out-of-the-box” suggestions, rather than simply raising taxes.

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-east Cobb) also would not say whether he could support a tax increase.

“It’s way too early for me to decide because there’s a lot of implications,” he said. “As the finance chairman in the Senate, I’ve been having tax reform hearings around the state, and one of the things we’re exploring is the possibility of, in a fiscally responsible way, to reduce our state income tax. So, I’m not going to go on record that I’m for any tax increase, especially without any details attached.”

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