A sales tax used to fund capital projects for the county and its cities, first approved in Hall County in 1985, was renewed by voters in a referendum Tuesday.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax VIII is projected to bring in about $217 million between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2026. It is a 1% sales tax, or a penny on the dollar, and the funds will be divided between the county and its cities. The money can only be used for capital projects, not for funding operations. Hall County and its cities have previously discussed how they would spend the money.
SPLOST law was enacted statewide in 1985, and county voters approved Hall’s first SPLOST that year. Since then, it has been renewed seven times, with SPLOST VIII getting approval Tuesday. The tax has paid for about has paid for about $671 million in county and city projects since 1985.