Nashville and other municipalities in Tennessee would be able to hold local public referendums to impose a surcharge on their sales tax rates to fund public transit projects under a transportation plan announced Wednesday by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam. The local option proposal for transit, tucked into Haslam’s larger comprehensive plan for a seven-cent increase on the sale of gasoline and 12-cent increase for diesel fuel, comes after the Regional Transportation Authority, composed of Middle Tennessee mayors, adopted a plan for a new $6 billion regional transit system last year. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and other transit advocates have been targeting the new state legislative session for approval of enabling legislation to allow local governments such as Metro to dedicate local tax revenue to begin paying for portions of the plan.
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