Fayette County voters in 2017 approved a six-year, one-penny sales tax, formally called a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, to fund many county and municipal government projects. Conservative estimates showed that more than $141 million would be raised countywide through 2023, with the City of Fayetteville’s distribution being more than $21 million. Accommodating the possibility of higher collections over the six years, the City of Fayetteville built a $25 million SPLOST Projects list.
As of the end of February 2019, the City of Fayetteville has already spent just shy of $5 million, representing expenditures across almost all of the recommended project categories. The single largest expenditure, more than $2.5 million, took place when the City purchased from the Fayette County Board of Education its 10-acre property fronting Stonewall Avenue (Hwy. 54 eastbound). An eight-acre portion of that land will be used as park and community space, and that portion was purchased with SPLOST funds.
About $1.1 million so far has been spent on fire safety equipment and vehicles, almost $240,000 has been spent on police safety vehicles and equipment, and about $56,000 has been put toward a multi-phase, city street repaving project. See the complete report at www.fayetteville-ga.gov/splost.