Georgia law allows local communities to use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proceeds for capital improvement projects that would otherwise be paid for with General Fund and property tax revenues or that would not be accomplished.
Governments cannot use SPLOST funds to pay for operating expenses such as personnel salaries or ongoing expenses. If voters approve a SPLOST 2020 program on November 5, 2019, sales tax collection will begin in April 2020.
Total sales taxes will not increase as a result of this program, but would continue at 8% since the current SPLOST collection will end in March 2020.
A group of 22 citizens, the SPLOST 2020 Citizens Advisory Committee, is responsible for recommending a list of candidate projects for adoption by the Mayor and Commission. A list of current committee members or past projects is available through the SPLOST program links on this website.
Project Request Timeline
Project request deadline - Sunday, November 11, 2018
SPLOST 2020 Committee submits list of candidate projects to Mayor & Commission - no later May 6, 2019
SPLOST 2020 referendum - November 5, 2019
SPLOST 2020 collections begin (if approved) - April 2020