Proposed Road Maintenance and Improvement Tax Moves Forward

The Dahlonega City Council and the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners agreed in a meeting Tuesday night to split the proposed Road Maintenance and Improvement Tax collections in a 21% city/79% county population-based split.  This 1¢ sales tax will be on a referendum for vote March 19, 2019, and if approved by the voters, funds, which are to be used strictly for Lumpkin County transportation needs, will be collected over a period of five years.  In an important move, both bodies agreed to use a portion of those tax dollars to design and improve the Oak Grove Road, Highway 19 Business intersection.  This intersection is an ongoing major traffic concern, especially during periods of increased school traffic. Remaining dollars would be used for projects such as road maintenance and improvement throughout the county.