SPLOST Is Different From Transportation Tax, Gwinnett BOC Chief Says
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The attached graphic from Gwinnettforum.com shows how Gwinnett SPLOST funds have been distributed to the cities.
It has been less than a year since voters in metro Atlanta soundly rejected a transportation sales tax.
Now, Gwinnett County voters may face a similar choice in 2013. The current countywide Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program expires at the end of the year. If voters want new projects in transportation, public safety or new buildings, they'll have to vote "yes."
But will voters get the chance?
County leaders have made no final decision, and that decision is not theirs alone. Leaders of Gwinnett cities must be in accord with county leaders on how SPLOST monies would be spent before such a vote can take place.
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Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said Tuesday (March 19) that more discussion on the matter probably would be held "as we head into summer."
Nash also noted that SPLOST ballot language is set by state law, and that the county ballot must match that.
She also said that comparisons with the 2012 Transportation Investment Act, also sometimes known as the TSPLOST, are not fair.
There was no track record for the voted-down TIA, whereas the current Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center is among the projects built with SPLOST funds. "I love talking about success stories," she said.
Also, SPLOST monies would not be spent for transit, and would have to be spent in Gwinnett County.
Already, one Gwinnett City -- Duluth -- has developed a "wish list" for SPLOST projects.
This article originally posted on Gwinnett Patch.