SPLOST in general
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, and build a new maintenance facility for the City, We intend to jump start the improvement of sewer service to older areas in the City that are not scheduled to receive sewer services from County-funded projects any time soon. By using judicious SPLOST spending and leveraging other funding sources, the City keeps property tax rates as low as possible. The City shares a small portion of all sales taxes collected in Gwinnett County. Benefiting from Gwinnett County projects on our outskirts is another SPLOST advantage. In every case the City Council spends your sales tax money they way you voted for it to be spent. Put bluntly, without your support of and vote for the various SPLOST elections, the City could not provide these improvements without a massive increase in property tax rates.
I provided information about the 2005 SPLOST program in a previous article.
In the 2009 SPLOST election cycle, Dacula voters asked the City Council to consider using the funding to provide additional transportation projects, provide some public safety equipment, continue recreational projects, provide for administrative facilities, and plan for needed sewer improvements. The 2009 SPLOST program projected $3.9 million income. To date the City collected $2 million and has spent $1 million on the project list.
So far, the City rebuilt 8 additional streets, constructed Olde Mill Park, started a maintenance facility for our public works department, and began designing a sewer line from the pump station on Stanley Road to Lakeside Drive.
Beginning in 2013, the City will begin the third year of a five year plan to upgrade, rebuild and improve all the streets in the city. The City continues to program the poorest streets for the more immediate upgrade. I am assuming that Gwinnett and Dacula voters will be asked to renew the general SPLOST program beginning in 2014 to provide continuing funding for current, similar, and additional projects. Without continuing SPLOST funding, the City will be unable to repair, rebuild or provide for additional projects.