(From Floyd County, GA – Government):

Floyd County, the City of Rome, and the City of Cave Spring invite residents to attend the 2023 SPLOST Citizen Committee Kickoff this evening at 5 pm in the Fire Education Room at 409 East 12th Street in Rome. Introductions of committee members will be made. There will also be a past SPLOST update and a review of SPLOST law guidelines.

What is a SPLOST? In Georgia, a special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) can be levied by any county to fund the building and maintenance of parks, schools, roads, and other public facilities. A SPLOST lasts for a maximum of five years. At that time, if the funds are still needed, it must be voted upon again. All expenditures of SPLOST funds must be in compliance with Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Georgia Constitution, and the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Section 48-8-141.

SPLOST has made an incredible impact on Floyd County since the first vote in 1986. Past projects include the widening of Shorter Avenue, the Judicial Center, Walker Mountain Landfill, the joint Law Enforcement Center, Advent Health Stadium, the Floyd County Health Department, Rome/Floyd County Fire Department Station upgrades, the Rome-Floyd ECO Center, the Armuchee Connector, the new Public Animal Welfare Services building, and numerous Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation parks and park upgrades throughout both cities and the county among many other SPLOST investments. Since its inception in Floyd County, the one cent SPLOST has allowed for over $300 million of capital investments in Floyd County, the City of Rome, GA – Government and the City of Cave Spring.