The TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee presented potential projects to the Mayor & Commission at 150% of anticipated funding. Public comments submitted before Nov. 15 will be considered by the committee as it refines the recommended list to 100% of funds.
The Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) 2023 Advisory Committee is finalizing its list of potential projects to recommend to the Mayor and Commission on December 14, 2021 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 program.
At the November 9 Work Session meeting, the TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee presented a potential project list equaling 150% of the estimated program budget to the Mayor and Commission for feedback. The committee will next pare down a recommended project list to the 100% program budget level for presentation to the Mayor and Commission at the December 14, 2021 Work Session.
Comments will be accepted from the public on the projects through the Mayor and Commission's final program vote, tentatively scheduled for February 2022. Public comments intended for the TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee members to consider prior to their vote on the final recommended list for the Mayor and Commission should be submitted before Monday, November 15.
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 A few projects were later combined or withdrawn from consideration.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 heard presentations during the fall from those who submitted the projects. Each project's webpage at www.accgov.com/tsplost2023 includes a video of the meeting presentation, 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. The story map also includes the TSPLOST 2023 Advisory Committee's list of the potential projects at 150% of the available budget and will be updated to include the committee's recommended list of the 100% budget.
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.