Fulton County & Cities Sign TSPLOST Agreement
Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves and the mayors of 13 cities, including Sandy Springs, have signed an Intergovernmental Agreement that clears a hurdle for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for Transportation purposes to go before voters.
On August 8, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners will meet to formally call for the item to be placed on the November 8 ballot.
The TSPLOST of 0.75¢ in Fulton County outside Atlanta would raise approximately $569 million over 5 years. Each city has identified an approved project list, including extensive collaboration with neighboring cities. Funds will be divided among Fulton County cities outside Atlanta based on population. Fulton County will provide oversight of projects in unincorporated Fulton County. (City of Atlanta voters will consider separate referenda for both MARTA and TSPLOST funding on November 8.)
Funds will be invested in transportation infrastructure that will provide locally controlled solutions to regional transportation issues affecting thousands of residents and visitors traveling to and through Fulton County. TSPLOST projects are categorized as follows:
36.2% - ($236.1M) Congestion Relief / Roadway Projects
23% - ($150.7M) Operations & Safety
18.9% - ($123.8M) Maintenance & Safety Enhancements
14.7% - ($96.3M) Pedestrian /Bike-Landscape / Streetscape Projects
3.1% - ($20.1M) Bridges
2.4% - ($15.9M) Quick Response projects
1.4% - Program / Project Management
0.2% - Fulton County Airport
0.2% - Debt Retirement
Today’s signing ceremony comes after more than a year of meetings with the County Board of Commissioners and the mayors of Fulton County cities. TSPLOST 2016 would be the first infrastructure SPLOST in Fulton County. The proposed referendum was made possible by SB 369, adopted by the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year.
“This is the first time that all the Mayors and the Commissioners have come together as a united front to advance something very significant that will shape the future of our infrastructure,” said Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves. “We’re a very diverse county and sometimes we have some differences, but we were able to coalesce, find a common ground and forge ahead. This is a very significant day.”
Voters can learn more about projects and the TSPLOST process at www.fultoncountyga.gov/tsplost