History of SPLOST in GCPS









History of SPLOST in GCPS

In 1997, Gwinnett County voters approved funding for the first-ever education SPLOST, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Revenue from the five-year penny tax was used to build classrooms, provide instructional technology, and pay down existing debt from a 1993 bond referendum.

In 2002, Gwinnett County voters extended the sales tax for schools for another five years (SPLOST II), providing funding for new classrooms, technology and land for future schools.

In both cases, the school system was able to honor the promises made to citizens, actually providing more than was originally promised.

On November 7, voters approved a third extension of the education SPLOST. SPLOST III went into effect July 1, 2007, and will last through June 30, 2012. SPLOST III was projected to generate, at best, $1.1 billion – enough funding to cover 40 to 50 percent of the known classroom and capital needs. Additional funding from general obligation bonds, approved by voters in November 2006, were used to complete the five-year building program.


Comparison of SPLOST I, II, and III Results

Description/Category
SPLOST I
(03-18-97)
SPLOST II
(11-06-01)
SPLOST III
(11-07-06)
# Registered Voters
249,808*
254,222*
315,626
# Votes Cast on SPLOST
42,909
34,530
151,139
YES Votes for SPLOST
30,344
27,121
100,288
% of YES Votes
70.72%
78.73%
66.35%
SPLOST Revenue Projections
$560M/$545M
$995M/$976M
$1.1B/$1.081B

Note:
  • These numbers marked with an asterisk were taken from the Elections Department report.
  • The numbers for the 11-07-06 election are official results.
  • The SPLOST referendums in 1997 and 2001 were special elections and the 2006 referendum was in the general election.