What Gwinnett County voters approved in November 2013 became a reality on April 1, when collections began for the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
Taxpayers will feel no difference, as the 1 percent tax replaces the earlier SPLOST, whose collections expired March 31.
However, it signals a new political reality in Gwinnett County government. The new tax runs for three years, rather than the five-year term of the previous tax. The shorter term was an easier sell to Gwinnett voters, and the renewal will come up in 2016, when voters already will be headed to the polls for other voting matters.
Also, as part of allocating the proceeds from the new tax, Gwinnett’s elected leaders created a Citizens Project Selection Committee to make recommendations.
And that citizen panel offered up a plan Tuesday, when the new tax’s collections took effect. Here’s the plan.
Estimates are that the SPLOST could bring in up to $498 million. Some 78.9 percent of that will go to the county; the vast majority of Gwinnett residents live in unincorporated areas. The rest will be in the hands of Gwinnett’s 16 cities.
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