TSPLOST will appear on July 31st ballot

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Along with the candidates' names on the July 31st ballot, you will also see the option to vote for a 1% sales tax for transportation projects.

The Connect River Valley Campaign is encouraging residents to vote "yes" on July 31st for the2012 Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax -- or TSPLOST. But what would this added sales tax really mean for the Chattahoochee Valley? We decided to break the numbers down for you.

TSPLOST is a 1% sales tax that is estimated to bring in close to $6 million over a ten-year span, creating more than 16,000 jobs in the region.

Muscogee County is in the River Valley, which also includes Harris, Randolph, Sumter, Talbot and Taylor Counties.

This multi-million dollar revenue from the TSPLOST will be allocated to make improvements to roads, bridges, railroads, ports, airports and other forms of transportation. Connect River Valley says 75% of the revenue will go towards regional projects, 25% will go back to the cities and counties for local transportation projects, but 100% of the funds will stay in this area.

Improvement projects in Muscogee County include the Buena Vista Road spider web, the Cusseta Road interchange and the Columbus Riverwalk.

On July 31st each region that passes the tax will keep the revenue for projects in that area.

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