The TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee is reviewing projects submitted by organizations and individuals for consideration as part of a possible TSPLOST 2023 program for Athens-Clarke County. The first set of public comments will be sent to them on Oct. 15.
The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) 2023 Advisory Committee is currently reviewing projects submitted by organizations and individuals for consideration as part of a possible TSPLOST 2023 program for Athens-Clarke County. The committee consists of residents appointed by the Mayor and Commission to review the submitted projects and provide recommendations for the Mayor and Commission to consider including in the TSPLOST 2023 program.
A total of 91 projects were submitted by ACCGov staff, individual residents, and organizations totaling nearly $700 million for consideration as part of a possible $144.5 million TSPLOST 2023 five-year program that will be voted on by Athens-Clarke County residents in May 2022. A few projects were later combined or withdrawn from consideration.
The advisory committee is currently hearing presentations from those who submitted the projects. The presentations are held virtually during TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee meetings through mid-October. Meeting videos can be viewed live on YouTube or on-demand after each meeting through each project's webpage at www.accgov.com/tsplost2023. Each project page also includes a project description, project documents and source materials, estimated costs, and links to an online story map and comment form.
The online story map and comment form provides a map of all of the submitted projects, along with descriptions and categories. The comment forms allow residents to provide ratings for any or all projects on a one to five scale and comments about the project.
Comments will be accepted from the public on TSPLOST projects through the Mayor and Commission's final program vote, tentatively scheduled for January 2022. The first set of public comments will be sent to the TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee on October 15, 2021 for their consideration before their Work Session presentation to the Mayor and Commission on November 9, 2021.
At this Work Session, the TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee will present a potential project list equaling 150% of the estimated program budget. After this Work Session, the committee will pare down a recommended project list to the 100% program budget level for presentation at the December 14, 2021 Work Session.
Georgia law allows local communities to use TSPLOST proceeds for transportation-related purposes, if approved by voters in a referendum. The first TSPLOST for Athens-Clarke County, TSPLOST 2018, was a 1% sales tax approved by voters in November 2017. Collections began on April 1, 2018 and are scheduled to end in late 2022 or early 2023 after collecting an estimated $109.5 million for 19 projects.
If voters approve a TSPLOST 2023 program on May 24, 2022, TSPLOST sales tax collection will continue uninterrupted at the expiration of the current TSPLOST 2018 collections. The local sales tax rate of 8% would not increase as a result of the TSPLOST 2023 program.
The general TSPLOST website at www.accgov.com/tsplost contains a link to the projection submission form, a calendar of upcoming TSPLOST meetings and deadlines, and other information related to both the potential TSPLOST 2023 program and the current TSPLOST 2018 program. The SPLOST/TSPLOST Program Management Office, which oversees the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and TSPLOST programs for Athens-Clarke County, is coordinating the TSPLOST 2023 process.
For more information about the TSPLOST 2023 process, visit www.accgov.com/tsplost2023, call 706-613-3025 or email email@example.com.