Now that is change I can believe in!
Apparently Georgia State Representative Bobby Franklin has introduced a bill, HB 18, which would eliminate the State Roadway and Toll Authority this summer. If you aren’t familiar with SRTA, it is the organization that recently extended the tolls on GA 400 to the chagrin of many North Fulton residents and elected officials.
I have no idea if this bill can pass in this session or if this would actually remove the tolls which were extended but it’s introduction is one of the first signs of sanity to come out of the gold dome this year.
You can read the bill here.
The State Roadway and Toll Authority will be in Alpharetta this Wednesday to hear how the public wants them to spend the $67 million they will take from North Fulton County residents.
The toll collectors plan to be at the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce 11605 Haynes Bridge Road, (Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30009) on Wednesday, January 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. As I pointed out in this previous post, some Georgia legislators aren’t too happy about the way the Georgia Department of Transportation and SRTA circumvented their authority so the meeting may be more entertaining than you would ordinarily think.
Either way you should come out and see how the bureaucrats plan to spend your money
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.]