Citizen input wanted for new SPLOST program

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coinsOn August 6, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with its 16 cities that paves the way for putting a new SPLOST program before voters in November.

Under the agreement, the new program would focus on transportation while also funding public safety, parks, libraries, and senior facilities. If passed, the new program would start when the current SPLOST program expires next March and end in March 2017. It would raise an estimated $498 million, with the County getting 78.9 percent of the total and 21.1 percent going to the cities. The County has determined that 70 percent of its share, or an estimated $275 million, will be dedicated to transportation projects such as roads, bridges, intersection improvements, and sidewalks.

A citizens”#review committee would be set up to monitor all spending under the program, and a new citizen project selection committee will be organized to review and recommend all transportation projects. The agreement also requires annual audits of spending by each entity and of the SPLOST program as a whole. In addition, a SPLOST status report will also be published on city and county websites by the end of each year. To read the intergovernmental agreement, click here.

Residents who are interested in participating on the transportation Citizens Project Selection Committee are invited to attend an organizational meeting that will take place on Monday, August 26 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.#For more information about the upcoming meeting, please call the Gwinnett Department of Transportation at 770.822.7400.