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Covington, GA 30014

TSPLOST FAQ

 

2020 Newton County TSPLOST Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is TSPLOST?

Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) is a 1% tax on all sales and uses in Newton County. TSPLOST is used specifically for transportation related projects.

How long is TSPLOST collected?

TSPLOST will be collected for five years beginning April 1, 2021. The TSPLOST accrual period is for 5 years during which the funds are accrued. Depending on the economy and urgency, some projects may be bonded in order to begin before all the money has accrued. The bond is then repaid with the TSPLOST funds.

How much is anticipated to be collected by this TSPLOST?

It is estimated that the 1% sales tax will generate approximately $56,100,000

Who pays the TSPLOST?

TSPLOST is a sales tax, so everyone pays it when spending within the Newton County economy. TSPLOST can be considered a comparative example of a “fair tax” as everyone pays it. It is not paid for only by the citizens of Newton County, but EVERYONE spending in Newton County, even visitors! The funding generated and projects supported are partially funded (basically subsidized) by others who do not live in Newton County. These “pennies at work” have funded many successful past SPLOST projects throughout Newton County.

How are the collections distributed between Newton County and its municipalities?

Newton County 74.1822%
City of Covington 18.47%
City of Oxford 3.02%
City of Porterdale 2.05%
Town of Newborn 0.83%
City of Mansfield 1.43%
City of Social Circle 0.0178%

How is TSPLOST different from SPLOST & ESPLOST?

TSPLSOT, if passed will allow Newton County and its municipalities to concentrate solely on Transportation projects.

How was the TSPLOST project list determined?

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) understands that the public supports projects and programs the public helps to create. The BOC recognized the need for citizen input and public participation for transparency in helping to create successful TSPLOST projects; therefore, a volunteer citizens SPLOST committee was appointed by the BOC in 2017. That committee met, discussed and weighted through a facilitated process resulting in recommendations to the BOC. The BOC voted in July 2020 to establish our current TSPLOST referendum list. 

What projects are on the 2020 TSPLOST list?

Newton County Projects Estimated Costs
COUNTY WIDE SAFETY PLAN (STRIPING, SIGNAGE & OTHER SAFETY MEASURES) $916,200
ROAD EXPANSION TO RELIEVE CONGESTION $17,900,000
INTERSECTION IMPORVEMENTS $7,900,000
PAVING /RESURFACING $6,000,000
TRANSIT SERVICE STARTUP $2,200,000
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT/REPAIR $6,700,000
Total $41,616,200
City of Covington Projects Estimated Costs
SAFETY IMROVEMENTS $1,500,000
INTERSECTION IMPOROVEMENTS $3,000,000
PAVING/RESURFACING $1,611,670
BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE $1,500,000
AIRPORT MASTER PLAN IMPLENTATION $1,000,000
SIDEWALK & PAVED TRAILS $750,000
PUBLIC PARKING INFRASTURTURE $1,000,000
Total $10,361,670
City of Oxford Projects Estimated Costs
CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION & IMPORVEMENTS OF ROADS, $1,694,220
STREETS, SIDEWALKS, & BICYCLE PATHS, TO INCLUDE AQUISTION  
OF RIGHTS OF WAY & RELOCATION OF UTILITIES  
Total $1,694,220
City of Porterdale Projects Estimated Costs
PAVING & RESURFACING $550,050
SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE $100,000
BRIDGE REPLACEMENT $500,000
Total $1,150,050
Town of Newborn Projects Estimated Costs
PAVING/RESURFACING $355,630
SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS (INCLUDING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY) $110,000
Total $465,630
City of Mansfield Projects Estimated Costs
PAVING/RESURFACING $717,230
SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS (INCLUDING PEDESTRIAN SAFETY) $85,000
Total $802,230
City of Social Circle Projects Estimated Costs
ROAD MAINTENANCE IMPROVEMENTS $10,000
Total $10,000

After the TSPLOST referendum has passed, may a county use other available revenue to begin the construction on the TSPLOST-approved projects then reimburse itself once the TSPLOST revenues start to come in?

Yes. Counties may issue debt or borrow form their general fund to get projects underway promptly.

Can TSPLOST revenues be moved between voter-approved projects to accommodate greater costs in one or more of the projects?

Yes. Since project costs are estimates, each local government receiving TSPLOST revenues may shift funds between their approved projects (as long as all projects are completed).

When is the SPLOST VOTE scheduled?

The 2020 SPLOST will be voted on by Newton County residents on November 3, 2020. However, for voter convenience, EARLY VOTING and ABSENTEE VOTING are available starting October 12th.