What sales tax is currently being collected in Athens-Clarke County? Does the law allow for an additional tax?

Athens-Clarke County currently has several different 1% Sales taxes.

  • ESPLOST – Athens-Clarke County School funding – 1% (renewed in November 2016)
  • LOST – Property Tax reduction – 1% (does not expire unless negotiation not reached)
  • SPLOST – Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax – 1% (up for renewal March or November 2019)

Based on legislation passed in the 2016 General Assembly, the law now allows for an additional sales tax for transportation. This tax will NOT affect any other local sales and use tax. (See O.C.G.A 48-8-269.991 and 48-8-269.997)

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1. What is a TSPLOST?
2. What sales tax is currently being collected in Athens-Clarke County? Does the law allow for an additional tax?
3. How is Athens-Clarke County eligible to have a separate county wide TSPLOST?
4. When will TSPLOST sales tax collections start?
5. Is there a maximum tax rate?
6. How much money will be raised with a sales tax?
7. How long will the TSPLOST last?
8. Can the tax be renewed at the end of the five (5) year period?
9. How can the money be spent?
10. Does the tax cause GDOT to give less money to Athens-Clarke County?
11. Does the Georgia Code require that we spend money in a certain manner?
12. Is there Project Criteria?
13. Does the law address the project selection process?
14. What details should be in final T-SPLOST Intergovernmental Agreement?
15. Will all the monies go to actual projects?
16. Are there items that are exempt from taxation?