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GA 400 Toll Lanes

GA 400 Toll Lanes Proposed for Over-Taxed Forsyth
Dear neighbor, 

Did you know there is currently a bill that has passed the Georgia Senate that would resurrect toll lanes in Georgia and would ensure they NEVER expire? 

This is especially bad for Forsyth County. We are currently paying 80% of the cost out of County coffers (via bond debt) to add the third lane to GA400. We are the only municipality who has had to pay for this State road with County bond money. Then, when the State finally steps up to the plate to add a fourth lane (date TBD), we are going to have to pay to use it. 

GDOT's current plan is to eventually add a 4th lane to each side of GA400 in Forsyth County, but to make it a toll lane. This legislation (SB183) paves the way for this toll lane, but goes even further, ensuring the toll will never sunset and the toll will be collected by private industry, forever.

The legislation will allow public money to build the roads, allow the State to take on debt to build the roads, lend the road to private companies and then allow private industry to take over toll collection and keep 100% of the money in perpetuity. 

Making it even worse, this bill will remove the competitive bid process and even allows for mandatory tolls and tolls on existing road capacity. 

Unlike previous GA tolls, these tolls will never sunset. 

Forsyth County currently pours a tremendous amount of money into the state coffers via taxation and we deserve four "free" lanes on GA400! We should not be left to pick up the tab on lane #3 and then have to pay again to use lane #4. This is a horrendous deal for the citizens of Forsyth County. 

Finally, legislators recently raised our gas tax to one of the highest in the Southeast with HB170, which raised collection for GDOT by about one BILLION dollars a year, doubling the budget for road expenditures. Also, all of the current funding collected via motor vehicles activities does not go towards road funding, so we would like to see all monies derived from motor taxation directed to GDOT before additional funding sources are considered. 

This bill is currently before the House and we would like to see it stopped dead in its tracks. 

What can you do? Email all of the state reps to voice your displeasure with this bill. Tell them to vote NO on SB183. 

Here is a list of every representative in the House. Please copy and paste the list below into an email and send them your thoughts on these toll lanes. Some email clients only allow 50 recipients per email.  Some require semi-colons to separate the emails and some commas. Choose the format that best works for you from the options below.

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