• TSPLOST

  • Transportation affects everyone in Effingham County, and we have a dire need for a stable funding source for road repairs, improvements and other transportation projects. The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce has decided unanimously to support a county-wide Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or TSPLOST, and has urged the county Board of Commissioners to place the referendum before the voters. 
    On November 3, 2020, Effingham County residents will be asked to vote for a one-cent sales tax for transportation purposes. The money will be used solely for transportation projects within Effingham County. 

    Right now, funds for local road improvements come primarily from property taxes. The City of Rincon has no property tax and, thus, no funding source for road projects. TSPLOST funds can be spent only on transportation improvements, such as roads, bridges, sidewalks, bicycle paths, and other transportation-related purposes. Each city within Effingham County is solely responsible for determining their project list, and Effingham County is responsible for identifying transportation improvements in the unincorporated areas of the county. 

    Benefits of TSPLOST

    • TSPLOST will help keep property taxes low.
      TSPLOST will allow our cities and county to keep property taxes low and improve our roads. The City of Rincon currently has no property tax, and no funding source for road improvements. Without a stable funding source, our roads will continue to get worse.
    • TSPLOST-funded projects will improve our roads now, and keep them safe into the future.
      TSPLOST will speed up projects that divert trucks off of local roads as our industries grow. TSPLOST will also cut the repaving cycle in half from 40 years to 20 years, closer to the recommended 10-15-year lifespan of pavement.
    • All TSPLOST funds will stay within Effingham County.
      The TSPLOST collected in Effingham County will stay in Effingham County and can only be used for local transportation purposes. That includes new paving, repaving and repairing roads and streets, drainage and safety improvements, intersection improvements, roadside maintenance and sidewalks.
    • TSPLOST funds can be used to match transportation grant funds from state and federal governments.
      This local funding source can help our county and cities generate additional grant money.
    • Some TSPLOST funds will come from non-residents 
      The proposed one cent TSPLOST applies to all who purchase goods in our county, not just those who own property. In addition, an estimated 24%-35% of TSPLOST funds will be paid by sales of natural gas to utilities located in Effingham County generating power for households in and outside the county.
  • TSPLOST Frequently Asked Questions

    • What is a TSPLOST?
      Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. A one-percent sales tax which must be approved by the voters and can only be used for transportation.
    • Who pays the TSPLOST?
      The proposed one cent TSPLOST applies to all who purchase goods in our county, not just those who own property. In addition, an estimated 24%-35% of TSPLOST funds will be paid by sales of natural gas to utilities located in Effingham County generating power for households in and outside the county.
    • How much will it raise?
      TSPLOST is projected to produce up to $35 million for Effingham County projects over five years
    • Who decides what roads are repaired or improved?
      Engineers for the county and cities prepared the project lists for this first TSPLOST, based on projects they determined were urgent and necessary. Future projects will be selected based on a county-wide study of our transportation needs.
    • When will the TSPLOST start?
      The sales tax would begin on April 1, 2021, last no more than 5 years, and end on March 30, 2026 or when the maximum amount of revenue is reached. It can be renewed by voters for an additional five years in another referendum.
    • How is the Tax Revenue Distributed?
      If approved, TSPLOST funds will be distributed among the county and cities based on population, as determined by the U.S. Census.
    • What other counties have a Transportation SPLOST?
      There are currently 93 counties in Georgia that have passed a Transportation SPLOST, and others are considering one.
  • TSPLOST Project List Highlights

    • Effingham Parkway Phase 1 (County)
    • East West Connector (Rincon and County)
    • 9th Street Widening (Rincon and County)
    • East 9th Street Resurfacing and Drainage (Rincon)
    • East 4th Street Resurfacing and New Shoulders (Rincon)
    • Goshen Road Widening (County)
    • Roundabout at Old Stillwell and Ash Street (Springfield)
    • West Central Boulevard Widening, Repaving and Drainage (Guyton)
    • McCall Road Turn Lanes (County)
    • Blue Jay Road Turn Lanes (County)
    • Hodgeville Road Turn Lanes (County)
    • Improve Train Trestle at Highway 21 Spur (Springfield)
    • Archer Road Paving and Widening (Guyton)
    • Repaving 10 Ash Roads (County)