Earlier this week, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a list of projects they hope will be funded by the more than $673 million expected to raised by the penny sales tax voters approved in November.
The six-year SPLOST — or special-purpose local option sales tax — is planned to cover improvements to transportation, recreation, public safety and other offerings throughout the county. But what, specifically, will it fund?
Find a list of a few major (or otherwise interesting) projects below.
“This is a well thought out list of projects that addresses some of our more pressing needs in a way that is fair to everyone in the county,” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in a news release.
- $60.6 million will be set aside for a major expansion of the Infinite Energy Center, the county’s main convention and event space. (A separate undertaking from the planned commercial and entertainment development on the property.)
- $31.6 million will be designated for renovations of existing parks and park facilities.
- Another of $26.5 million will be set aside for new park projects, including $7.5 million to develop a brand new park for the Discovery High School cluster in Lawrenceville.
- $20.2 million, total, will be used to build new libraries in Lawrenceville and Snellville (which will replace existing branches)
- $10 million was set aside for the development of new greenways.
- $8 million was designated for the construction of a new police precinct and 911 center at Bay Creek Park near Loganville.
- $3.8 million was set aside for a new senior center in Dacula.
About 65 percent of the overall SPLOST funds expected to be collected — or about $437.7 million — will be dedicated to transportation projects. Among those projects are “major road” projects, intersection improvements, pedestrian safety projects, alignment projects, bridge projects and school safety projects.
Click here to see a list of some of the transportation projects on tap — and view the county’s full list of 2017 SPLOST projects below.
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