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July 19, 2012 - The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Governor Deal will be fulfilling his promise to North Fulton commuters to remove the Georgia 400 toll after the state pays off its bond debt on December 1, 2013. This will stop collection four years earlier than previously planned.
GNFCC President & CEO Brandon Beach was at the Governor's side this morning as the announcement was made. "Today is an incredible day for thousands of Georgia residents, commuters, and businesses that travel through Atlanta each day. I praise the Governor's bold decision, and I'm proud of the close involvement the Georgia Department of Transportation played in bringing the toll to an end. I was honored to stand with the Governor this morning as he made the announcement." Beach has served as a board member for the Georgia Department of Transportation since 2008.
Al Nash, Executive Director of Progress Partners of North Fulton Atlanta, shares in Beach's excitement and sees this as an example of our elected officials regaining the public's trust. "I can appreciate Georgia Tax Payers' doubt, but the Governor's Office and GDOT stood firm in their commitment to relieving this tax for millions of travelers each year." Nash sees this as a step in the right direction as we get closer to the July 31st Regional Transportation Referendum vote.
"When the Georgia 400 toll went up, the state of Georgia promised commuters that it wasn't forever. If we don't keep that promises, we lose the faith of the people... As your governor, I will keep the promises I make to you," Governor Deal said. The December 2013 date is the earliest the state can pay off the debt without penalty for early repayment of the bond.