ATLANTA, GA (September 11, 2013) – Sen. Curt Thompson (D-Tucker) was selected to be a member of the Citizens Project Selection Committee (CPSC) of Gwinnett County during an organizational meeting by peer groups on Aug. 26th.
“I’m honored to represent Gwinnett County on the Citizens Project Selection Committee,” said Sen. Thompson. “Gwinnett County has many transportation needs to drive economic development and connection with the rest of the state. Through these meetings, your peers and I will help build a foundation of understanding for the community about the impact of SPLOST and what we can do to improve our county through these funds.”
The peer-selected members of the CPSC include:
The CPCS will meet for the first time on Sept. 16, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Department of Transportation Central Facility located in Lawrenceville.
Gwinnett Transportation Director Kim Conroy said, “During this first meeting, the committee will get information about project categories that will be funded by the SPLOST renewal if voters approve it in November. We’ll ask them to start thinking about how to allocate funding to these various categories.”
Voters will decide in a referendum on November 5th to renew the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, after the current program ends next March. If approved, the SPLOST program will focus primarily on transportation but will also include funding for other purposes such as public safety, parks, libraries, and senior facilities. The new SPLOST will end in March 2017 and raise an estimated $498 million. According to an intergovernmental agreement between Gwinnett County and the 16 cities, county government will receive 78.9 percent of the proceeds and the cities will receive 21.1 percent. 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.
For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2013
For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Director
Kate Greer, Broadcast Specialist