SPLOST VIII Position Statement
As Adopted December 18, 2020
“As recommended by the Chamber’s Advocacy Committee chaired by Jason Cuevas, Vice President East Region, Georgia Power, the Chamber’s Board of Directors has taken action to endorse and support Augusta-Richmond County’s eighth SPLOST referendum scheduled for a March 16, 2021 date of election. In endorsing the continuation of the county’s existing one penny special local option sales tax, the Chamber anticipates projects financed by the measure will support the county’s increased needs for infrastructure as well as continuing to support public safety, a growing economy and the quality of life desired by a rapidly expanding population."
The SPLOST VIII referendum, if passed by the voters, is expected to raise $250MM over 5 years with collections beginning in 2022. Key projects include repayment for the Cyber Center Parking facility, investment funds for the city-owned Depot property and investment attraction incentives for industrial and retail projects. County facility projects include a juvenile court, a county correctional institute and funding for the James Brown Arena renovation and expansion project. The county’s parks, recreational centers and other quality of life assets will receive nearly $41MM in funding to include the initial phase a water recreational feature and new outfitter store at the 5th Street Pedestrian Bridge.