Forum Monday for transportation tax list

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Voters can sound off this week on a draft list of transportation projects considered for a regional sales tax.

The list, slated for a vote in a regional roundtable in the coming weeks, will be considered by the electorate next year.

Some officials have bemoaned the amount of local projects on the list compared to the amount of revenues Gwinnett is expected to bring in, including Chairwoman Charlotte Nash.

With a total of $6 billion proposed for metro Atlanta, Gwinnett's portion of the current draft contains money to construct an extension of Sugarloaf Parkway through Dacula to Sugar Hill but very little of the transit projects originally proposed for Gwinnett.

Residents can give their opinions at a forum from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

"Roundtable members have already heard from more than 200,000 citizens and have worked very hard to develop a list of transportation investments that will give people across metro Atlanta more travel options and reduce congestion," said Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, chairman of the Roundtable. "Now we need to hear from residents one more time so we can be sure the investments on the list are the ones that best meet the needs of the region."

Monday's forum is one of 12 scheduled throughout metro Atlanta. The feedback will be used to finalize the list, which is required by Oct. 15.

According to a press release, the forum will include a presentation and allow people to speak with transportation experts andcomplete a survey. The presentation and survey will also be available online at www.atlantaregionalroundtable.com and can be seen on TVGwinnett.