Commissioner Levent’s Letter to Forsyth County Voters regarding SPLOST
One of the greatest privileges of living in our nation, state and county is having the opportunity to vote. As the November 6 general and special elections approach, I take pride in the fact that residents in our community make their voices heard in deciding who our elected officials are, the issues we need to focus on and how tax dollars should be allocated. One of the items you will see on the November ballot is for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax – also known as SPLOST.
SPLOST is a special one percent voter-approved sales and use tax that has been in place in Forsyth County since 1987, raising revenue for designated programs and projects. Since 2007, 698 roads have received funding from SPLOST for resurfacing, including roads in subdivisions. That is a total distance of over 239 miles that have been resurfaced, thanks in large part to SPLOST funding. In addition to resurfacing, there have been lane additions and intersection improvements on many roads. Five new fire stations, six new parks, a new senior center, two new libraries, the county’s new animal shelter and several other projects that residents utilize everyday have also received funding from SPLOST dollars since 2007.
By voting to extend SPLOST continuously for the past 30 years, voters have signaled their support of various projects. New fire stations, equipment and engines have improved public safety. Intersection improvements, road widening and resurfacing have improved commutes. A new senior center has provided an additional place for residents to gather for events and activities. And new trails, playgrounds and ball fields have given the next generation of residents, our children, a place to play and grow.
I hope that you will take the time to vote in this important election to help shape our community’s future. Please visit www.forsythco.com for more information on SPLOST VIII and the upcoming November 6 general and special elections.
Todd Levent, Chairman and District 3 Commissioner