The AJC reports that Georgia legislators are trying to stop the extension of tolls on GA 400 but it looks like a futile effort since the State Road and Tollway Authority has already pocketed the money. The time to stop that travesty was before SRTA voted to keep their bureaucratic jobs funded for the foreseeable future. But unfortunately the North Fulton political delegation didn’t think to close the barn door until SRTA had already taken millions of taxpayer dollars out for a ride.
I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. I appreciate representative Jones’ attempt to correct this money grab by SRTA. But I would have expected a politician from Georgia’s horse country to know better than leave the barn door open while SRTA director, Gena Evans, was looking for a way to justify her six figure salary.
But if elected officials are serious about this effort then it should make SRTA’s upcoming town hall meetings next month very interesting. SRTA will have a public comment opportunity on Wednesday, January 5th, hosted by the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30009. I encourage everyone to come out and join the fun.
[1/4/11 Ed. note: Yesterday a commenter pointed out that I failed to include the times of the town hall meeting so please note that according to the SRTA website the meeting will be held from 4:00 -7:00 p.m.]