Gwinnett ahead of November referendum on penny sales tax renewal
Sales tax is 6% at all stores in Gwinnett County, including 1% for the county and cities SPLOST, 1% for the school district SPLOST, and 4% for the state.
About 63% of voters in 2016 approved the current SPLOST. Without it, many capital projects would not have been possible, or they would have forced the county to raise property taxes or go into debt, Alexzulian said. Visitors who shop at Gwinnett contribute to SPLOST’s revenue, she said.
The county commission held a special meeting Tuesday with city officials to discuss potential SPLOST-funded projects. Many city officials said their allocations would improve roads and parks.
The county commission will consider an intergovernmental agreement with the cities next month and plans to issue a call in August for the November referendum, Hendrickson said.
Peachtree Corners, the largest and newest town in Gwinnett, would build a pedestrian bridge to connect its trail system to the busy Peachtree Parkway and another across the Chattahoochee River from Johns Creek, the mayor said. Mike Mason. The city would also buy green space and add a parking deck to The Forum mall, Mason said.
“It’s Christmas in, I guess it will be in November,” he said.
Sugar Hill would turn 160 acres near Chattahoochee into greenspace with walking paths, continue to develop its greenway, build a downtown parking lot and upgrade its outdoor amphitheater, City Manager Paul Radford said.
Loganville hopes to bring running water and toilets to Destination Park and put SPLOST money in a library, Mayor Skip Baliles said. The town lies primarily in Walton County, comprising about 30% of Gwinnett’s land area, but Walton County has less than one-tenth the population of Gwinnett and the Walton SPLOST will only generate about $80 million, Baliles said.
“It reminds me of some family gatherings I used to go to,” he told Gwinnett commissioners. “You are rich parents.”