The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce publically advocated for support of the 1% special district transportation sales and use tax (T-SPLOST) which went into effect January 1st of 2013. T-SPLOST is a 10-year Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax on all sales in the counties within the region and was passed by voters in July of 2012. As one of only three districts in the state that passed a T-SPLOST, we will be a model for how local funding and local control can help solve our transportation needs. Read More >>
Two prominent chamber leaders sit on the Citizens Review Panel for the Central Savannah River District. Phillip Wahl, Market President of First Community Bank and the 2010 Chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, as well as James Kendrick, President of Augusta Blueprint and the 2005 Chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber, both serve on the Region 7 panel. Both Mr. Wahl and Mr. Kendrick currently serve on the Augusta Metro Chamber’s Advocacy Committee and provide valuable expertise on matters of public policy impacting business.
The purpose of the T-SPLOST Citizen’s Review Panel is to assemble a group of local citizens to oversee the list of voter-approved transportation projects and monitor their progress. They are tasked with providing accountability by ensuring that the projects are completed on time and within budget.