There’s little hope of new money to fix Georgia’s ailing transportation network, according to the district’s representative to the State Transportation Board.

David Doss of Rome said he’s even less optimistic about the upcoming Georgia General Assembly  session than he was in the three previous years. Some local legislators are saying he’s not far off the mark.

Doss said the “window of opportunity” has likely passed to ask voters to approve a 1-cent statewide transportation sales tax, and the shortfall first announced by the board in 2007 has grown.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will get through 2010 with some more cutbacks, he said, but there is a real possibility there won’t be enough money in 2011 to provide the required 20-percent match for $1.2 billion in federal funds.

State Rep. Barbara Massey Reece, D-Menlo, said she supported the regional proposal drawn up by state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, but the House wasn’t given a chance to vote on it during the 2009 session.

Rome News Tribune