SPLOST is a local sales tax program approved by the voters. The program provides an alternative local funding source other than property taxes for capital projects and transportation improvements within Henry County. The local SPLOST program was first approved in September 1996, and most recently renewed in November 2019.
SPLOST V started collections on April 1, 2020 and will continue through March 31, 2025. The program collects one cent on every dollar spent in Henry County.
The Henry County Board of Commissioners designated level II projects as part of the SPLOST V program. These projects, representing twenty percent of the projected overall collections, include the following:
- Aquatic Center – $22 million
- Recreation Facility – $2 million
- Fleet Replacement Program I – $1.8 million
- Fairview Police Precinct / Fire Station 6 Rebuild – $6 million
- Fire Station 5 Rebuild (Hampton) – $3 million
- New Fire Station 17 (Ola) – $3 million
- New Fire Station 18 (Flippen) – $3 million
- Total – $40.8 million
The board of commissioners also designated the following countywide projects in addition to the projects above:
- Fleet Replacement Program II – $11.896 million
- Police Precinct (district II) – $1.5 million
- Police Precinct (district III) – $1.5 million
- Police Precinct (district IV) – $1.5 million
- Total – $16.396 million
From the county’s share of collections, each commission district received $19,568,800 for the district commissioner to budget towards projects. For a complete list of district projects, visit the document linked here (Henry County website).
The four municipalities receive a portion of SPLOST collections based on population. The cities will begin to receive SPLOST V collections in 2021, after the first twenty percent of collections has been set aside for the county’s level II projects.
Previous SPLOST Programs
Five SPLOST programs have been approved by Henry County voters. Documents linked below are project lists from the county website. Years in parentheses are the time period each program collected revenues.
- SPLOST I (1997–2002)
- SPLOST II (2003–2008)
- SPLOST III (2008–2014)
- SPLOST IV (2014–2020)
- SPLOST V (2020–2025)
The Henry County Board of Commissioners has opted to explore asking voters for a transportation SPLOST, or T-SPLOST. If approved, the additional penny sales tax would raise the local sales tax rate from seven percent (7%) to eight percent (8%).
The voter referendum is tentatively expected in November 2021.
The Henry County Board of Education has an education SPLOST program separate from the county’s SPLOST. The E-SPLOST program was last approved in March 2016, referred to as E-SPLOST V, and a renewal of the program (E-SPLOST VI) will be considered by voters in 2021.
Last updated on November 15, 2020