Georgia legislator wants to hike fuel tax, pay for mass transit

| 7/25/2003

In Georgia, the motor fuel tax is almost sacred ground. The tax has been unchanged for decades, and under the state constitution, money from the tax can only be used on roads.

However, that will all change if state Sen. Liane Levetan, D-DeKalb, gets her way.

Levetan wants to change the constitution, raise the tax up to 5 cents above its current level and direct the money to alternative and mass transit, including sidewalks, buses, passenger trains and other measures, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported July 24.

At the point, the idea is strictly a proposal. The General Assembly has already closed its session for the year, and no bills can be acted on until legislators return for the new session in January.