For Immediate Release
Date: September 16, 2013
The City of Savannah launched a new website today that allows residents to find out how their pennies have been put to work. The new site at www.savannahga.gov/splost offers a tour of many of the City projects made possible through the 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, known as SPLOST. Within the SPLOST site, citizens can view photos, watch videos and review supporting documents to learn more about how the City of Savannah has managed its share of SPLOST through the years.
SPLOST has funded more than $1 billion worth of projects in Chatham County since voters approved the first referendum in 1985. Nearly $400 million has been paid for by visitors who live outside the County, while all of the proceeds directly benefit the citizens of Chatham County by funding critical local projects. The City of Savannah’s share has totaled $342 million, almost half of which has been spent on drainage, which has dramatically improved living conditions in all areas of Savannah. In Savannah, SPLOST has paved hundreds of miles of roads and sidewalks, added new neighborhood parks, and created exciting projects that have led to hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment, such as the redevelopment of Ellis Square and the transformation of Savannah Gardens and Sustainable Fellwood.