As Cobb County has continued to grow, the need to improve transportation and mobility options for residents and employees has become more important. Because of recent changes in Georgia law, Cobb County can now ask the public to approve up to two different local sales tax options to improve transportation.
The public was asked to provide opinions on these two sales tax options and possible project combinations during the CobbForward Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) update. That plan is currently being finalized.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners is asking for additional input to help refine policy direction and funding packages for sales tax options.
The two options include:
Option 1: General Transportation
A transportation infrastructure referendum for a sales tax of up to 1 percent for up to 5 years. Revenue from this sales tax could be spent on surface transportation projects, which include roadway and intersection improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails. It could also include basic transit infrastructure projects such as benches and shelters at stops, bus transfer stations, intersection improvements for buses, and sidewalk improvements that provide access to transit. [House Bill 170]
Option 2: Transit
A transit-focused referendum for a sales tax of up to 1 percent for up to 30 years. Revenue from this sales tax could be spent on building and operating transit projects, including improvements to existing transit service and implementing new transit services. Because of the longer collection time (up to 30 years) and the ability to keep the transit system running, revenues could be used to apply for state and federal transit funding grant programs, increasing the amount of money available to enhance transit throughout the County. [House Bill 930]