Since 2005, citizens have been involved with reviewing plans and expenditures under the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax programs.
While the state mandated that municipalities receive a share of county SPLOST revenues in 2005, Gwinnett County began sharing its penny sales tax with the cities in 2001. An Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) established two committees - Joint Technical and Citizen Review.
The makeup, meeting schedule, structure, and agendas of both committees are at the discretion of city managers and the County Administrator. The County's Financial Services department coordinates the semi-annual meetings that have been held in the spring and fall.
The Joint Technical committee members oversee an external audit that ensures citizens have an independent accounting of SPLOST funds.
The Citizen Review committee members get the audit results along with updates on the progress and expenses of all SPLOST-funded projects.The Gwinnett DOT has also involved citizens in reviewing and prioritizing hundreds of road, intersection, and school safety transportation projects.