Business community adopts resolution at monthly board meeting
The Gwinnett Chamber has adopted a resolution to support the renewal of the county’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). The 2023 SPLOST Referendum Resolution, presented by the organization’s Public Policy Committee, was unanimously adopted by the Board during its meeting this afternoon.
“SPLOST dollars have historically funded our nationally recognized parks system, award-winning public safety facilities, state-of-the-art libraries, and ongoing maintenance of our roads, bridges, and sidewalks throughout the community,” said Jill Edwards, 2022 Chair of the Gwinnett Chamber Board of Directors. “The business community fully supports the six-year extension of SPLOST this November and recognizes its role in cultivating a vibrantly connected future for Gwinnett.”
The Gwinnett Chamber Public Policy Committee, vice-chaired by Trey Ragsdale of Kaiser Permanente, delivered the resolution for consideration. Ragsdale noted that SPLOST had already generated over four-billion dollars to support community growth and its renewal would provide nearly one-and-a-half billion more for Gwinnett’s future.
“Gwinnett already maintains the lowest sales tax rate in the state of Georgia making it an attractive location for business and talent,” shared Ragsdale. “Voting to continue this funding requires no tax increase, supports Gwinnett’s continued growth, and directly aligns with the Chamber’s public policy agenda to ensure Georgia’s best-in-class business climate.”
The SPLOST referendum to extend the one-cent sales tax on retail sales in Gwinnett through March 2029 will be on the ballot for consideration this November. For more information on the Gwinnett Chamber’s public policy efforts, please visit www.gwinnettchamber.org/publicpolicy.