Voter willingness to pass successive Special Local Option Sales Tax programs in Gwinnett County and her Cities allows Dacula to rebuild city streets and other transportation projects and work on recreational facilities, purchase new public safety equipment, build a new maintenance facility for the City, and jump start the improvement of sewer service to older areas in the City which are not going to receive sewer services from County-funded projects any time soon. By using SPLOST funding, the City keeps property tax rates as low as possible. The City shares a small portion of all sales taxes collected in Gwinnett County. Profiting from Gwinnett County projects on our outskirts is another SPLOST benefit. In every case the City Council spends your sales tax money they way you voted for it to be spent. Put bluntly, without your vote on the various SPLOST elections, the City could not provide these improvements without a massive increase in property tax rates.
In 2004, Dacula voters asked the City Council to spend all the sales tax proceeds from the 2005 SPLOST program on just two things, transportation projects and recreational facilities. The City received just over $3 million for roads, streets, and bridges and $300,000 for recreational purposes. 2005 SPLOST collections were slightly more than expected over the four-year SPLOST program that ended in 2009.
Over the years from 2005 through 2012, the City has expended $3,272,958 on transportation project and recreational facilities. In doing so we rebuilt, refurbished, and improved 17 city streets, roads, and drainage structures. These improvements meet current developmental standards and allow the rebuilt streets to last for another 20 years without expensive modification, thus saving taxpayer dollars in the future. The City made improvements to Maple Creek and built Olde Mill Park for the enjoyment of our residents and neighbors.
Having available SPLOST funds allows city matching with other smaller grants Smaller grants do not buy much, but by matching with SPLOST, the City is able to stretch all available funds for individual projects. The City did not spend any property tax money on any of these projects.
Beginning 2009 SPLOST
In 2008, Dacula voters renewed the SPLOST program for 2009 that expires in 2013. SPLOST 2009 expenditures are in another article. But just for summary purposes, the City expended about $1 million in all categories to date. The City has received just over $2 million from the projected $3.9 million receipts over the life of the SPLOST. However, the City expects the total amount to fall short of projections because of the tough economy and lowered monthly collections.