State ends policy of erecting stimulus signs.
The Georgia Department of Transportation on Monday announced the end of a policy requiring contractors to install road signs indicating projects funded by federal stimulus funds.
The signs were developed in an act to create transparency by allowing the public to see where their tax dollars were being spent, and were labeled with “recovery.org” - the federal government’s website tracking the flow of money related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The signs, on average, cost around $1300 to erect, and critics cite the procedure as no more than costly public relations on the part of the Obama Administration.
A report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution last month estimated the total cost of erecting the signs to reach $600,000, which set off a slew of public outcry. The GDOT admitted that both the AJC report and the ensuing negative public opinion influenced the decision to pull the plug on the plan.
The federal government does not require states to erect the signs, and many states originally opted out of the procedure.