In July voters will head to the polls to vote for the one cent transportation tax. Representatives with the Georgia Chamber were in Albany Monday afternoon to gain financial support for the cause.
The Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) is set up to improve Georgia road conditions over the next 10 years by providing funds to local governments for projects.
The money is expected to help with economic development and public safety.
Representatives with the chamber say this is an opportunity that Georgia can't afford to pass up.
"This is one of those things where we are 49th in the nation per capita spending on transportation. Other states are beating us every day for projects because of this issue. We've got to invest in our infrastructure if we're going to grow as a state," says Chris Clark, President and CEO for the Georgia Chamber.
If passed, the TSPLOST is expected to create over 14,000 jobs right away and raise over $500 million for southwest Georgia over the next 10 years.
For more information about the TSPLOST visit the Connect Georgia 2012 website.