On November 8, 2016, Fulton County voters, including residents of Sandy Springs, approved the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST), a referendum to fund transportation improvements within the participating cities. In Sandy Springs, T-SPLOST passed with 56.7 percent of the vote.
The collection of the 0.75 percent (3/4 of a cent) sales tax began in April 2017 to fund the T-SPLOST transportation projects. An estimate $103.7 million over five years is expected to be raised for use in Sandy Springs for transportation improvements.
Who pays the 0.75 percent tax? The sales tax will be paid by anyone - residents, visitors, businesses and tourists - who buy taxable products or services inside Fulton County, outside City of Atlanta limits.
Where will the money be spent? The T-SPLOST dollars are allocated to projects identified and approved by the City Council as part of the T-SPLOST initiative. Those projects are listed below with links to further information related to each of the main project areas:
Traffic Efficiency Improvements: Provides for local intersection and traffic efficiency upgrades throughout the city ($18,000,000)
Perimeter Transit Last Mile Connectivity: Construct Perimeter Trails and acquire right-of-way for future high capacity transit linking the Perimeter CID and other alternative transportation options ($8,000,000)
Sidewalk Program: Continue filling sidewalk gaps throughout Sandy Springs ($11,000,000)
Brandon Mill Road Sidewalk - Marsh Creek to Lost Forest Drive
Johnson Ferry Road Sidewalk - Harleston Road to Glenridge Drive
Northwood Drive Sidewalk - Kingsport Drive to Roswell Road
Spalding Drive Sidewalk - Spalding Lake Court to Spalding Corners Shopping Center
Dunwoody Club Drive at Jett Ferry Road Intersection Improvement
Mount Vernon Highway at Long Island Drive Intersection Improvement
Mount Vernon Highway Transit Study
North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan/Fulton County Transit Master Plan
Path 400 Multi-use Trail Extension
Riverview Road at Northside Drive Intersection Improvement
Roswell Road at Grogan's Ferry Road Intersection Improvement
Spalding Drive - Trowbridge and Dalrymple Roads Intersection Improvement
Spalding and Pitts Intersection Improvement
On August 14, 2017, City and Fulton County officials unveiled signage marking the first T-SPLOST project to begin construction, a Traffic Efficiency project at Long Island and Mt Vernon in Sandy Springs.
Pictured LtoR: Councilman John Paulson, Fulton Commissioner Lee Morris, Fulton Co Commission Chairman John Eaves, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, Fulton Chief Operations Officer Todd Long, Councilman Ken Dishman and Councilman Chris Burnett.
Presentations and materials related to the T-SPLOST Referendum