During the special election on November 7, Athens-Clarke County voters approved the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST).
According to Athens-Clark County Government, the "sales tax collection will begin in April 2018 as an additional sales tax on the current sales tax. The new TSPLOST sales tax will be 1%, making Athens-Clarke County's total sales tax 8%," and will remain in effect for five consecutive years.
Funds collected for TSPLOST will help improve public transportation and the services required for accessing those facilities. In fact, more than 50% of the projects listed on the TSPLOST initiative are earmarked for bike, bus, or pedestrian projects, making TSPLOST a great opportunity for our community to address connectivity. Whether your kid bikes to school, your spouse walks to the bus stop, or you push a stroller, your YES vote can positively impact your life.
The American Heart Association supported TSPLOST as a means to encourage physical activity in the county. Walking and biking are great ways to be active. They help to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and strokes—and people who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks and bike lanes are more active, have cleaner air, and experience fewer car crashes.
Read more about TSPLOST at redandblack.com.