History and Overview
History & Overview
While the state mandated that municipalities receive a share of county SPLOST revenues in 2005, Gwinnett began sharing its penny sales tax with its cities in 2001. The County uses sales tax to fund transportation, parks and recreation, public safety, library, and court facilities. The cities use SPLOST to pay for many of the same types of projects as well as administrative, water and sewer, and parking facilities. Photos and recent updates of city projects may be viewed in the twice yearly SPLOST update presentations made to the citizens review committee.
In 1997, school boards gained the option to use a similar one cent sales tax program for school construction, called E-SPLOST.
The state of Georgia also collects a sales tax of 4 percent.
By investing more than $2.9 billion in sales tax funds for these improvements, Gwinnett County Government has minimized long-term debt and saved more than $1 billion in financing costs compared to issuing bonds.
Monitoring your money
Citizen committees have reviewed financial audits of SPLOST programs since 2005. These committees have studied and prioritized proposed projects and made recommendations to the Board of Commissioners using the County's long-range planning and master plan documents for guidance.
SPLOST over the years
|2017 SPLOST |
Approved by voters: November 2016 (63% in favor)
Collection dates: April 2017 – March 2023
Total anticipated revenue: $950 million (referendum amount)
2017 SPLOST Fact Sheet
Purposes (revenue forecast as of spring 2016):
Transportation: $486.3 million (includes $30.8 million to be shared with cities)
Parks and Recreation: $108.5 million (includes $3.2 million to be shared with cities)
Civic Center Expansion: $67.3 million
Public Safety: $52.4 million
Libraries: $22.5 million
Senior Services: $11.2 million
Cities Share: $201.8 million
Purposes (revenue forecast as of April 2014):
Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center
Sugarloaf Parkway Extension
West Gwinnett Park and Aquatic Center
Police Training Center
Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters
Riverside Parkway at SR 316
Pre-Trial Detention Center
Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville