Regional Transportation Roundtable

The Transportation Investment Act (TIA) or TSPLOST Referendum process is a mechanism for Georgia voters to enact a regional sales tax for transportation purposes. The law allows a region to implement a one percent regional sales tax over a ten year period to fund transportation improvements. The SGRC is responsible for administering the process leading up to the referendum vote. The SGRC is a neutral party and only provides facts and information to local governments and the public regarding this process.

Southern Georgia Regional Commission

In early 2017, a majority of Southern Georgia counties passes resolutions to initiate the process for a regional transportation sales tax. The regional Transportation Roundtable, consisting of the County Commission Chairs and a Mayor from each of the 18 counties, met in April 2017 to start this regional process. The Roundtable first selected the date of May 22, 2018 as the date for the referendum.


Regional Sales Tax Fact Sheet (scroll down for FAQs)


Regional Roundtable Membership Roster 
Executive Committee Membership Roster (available soon)


Regional Project Investment  Criteria (available soon)

Project Portal (available soon)


Roundtable Agenda 4-17-17

Roundtable Agenda 5-25-17 (available soon)


Other Resources:


Regional Sales Tax (TSPLOST) Frequently Asked Questions - updated regularly

  • What is TSPLOST?
    • TSPLOST is the acronym for Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.  TSPLOST  can only be used for transportation purposes/projects.
  • What is a Regional Transportation Roundtable?
    • According to OCGA 48-8-242, paragraph 11, “Regional transportation roundtable or ‘roundtable’ means a conference of the local governments of a special district created pursuant to this article  held at a centralized location within the district as chosen by the director for the purpose of establishing the investment criteria and determining projects eligible for the investment list for the special district.”
  • Who are the members of the Regional Transportation Roundtable?
    • According to OCGA 48-8-242, paragraph 11, “The regional transportation roundtable shall consist of the chairperson, sole commissioner, mayor, or chief executive officer of the county governing authority from each county in the special district.”
  • Who are the members of the Executive Committee?
    • According to OCGA 48-8-242, paragraph 11, “The regional roundtable shall elect five representatives from among its members to serve as an executive committee.The executive committee shall also include two members of the House of Representatives selected by the chairperson of the House of Transportation Committee and one member of the Senate selected by the chairperson of the Senate Transportation Committee.”
  • What is the anticipated date of the referendum?
    •  The Roundtable voted to plan to call for a referendum on the May 22, 2018 ballot.
  • If passed, how long will TSPLOST last?
    • Ten Years, According to OCGA 48-8-241, subsection (b), “When the imposition of a special district sales and use tax is authorized according to the procedures provided in this article within a special district, subject to the requirement of referendum approval and the other requirements of this article, a special sales and use tax shall be imposed within the special district for a period of ten years.”
  • How much revenue will the proposed sales tax generate?
    • As of 5/22/17 the state economist has not provided revenue estimates to the Regional Roundtable.
  • How much proceeds will each community get from the proposed sales tax?
    • According to OCGA 48-8-249, "Twenty-five percent of the proceeds received from the tax authorized by this article shall be distributed to the local governments within the special district in which the tax is imposed...Such percentages shall be allocated to each local government by multiplying the LARP factor of each local government by the total amount of funds to be distributed to all the local governments in the special district. Proceeds described in this subsection shall be distributed to the local governments on an ongoing basis as they are received by the commission. Such proceeds shall be used by the local governments only for transportation projects as defined in paragraph (10) of Code Section 48-8-242 and may also serve as the local match as required for state transportation projects and grants. If a special district receives from the tax net proceeds in excess of the investment list approved by the roundtable for the imposition of the tax or in excess of the actual cost of the project or projects on such investment list, then such excess proceeds shall be distributed among the local governments within the special district in accordance with this subsection.
    • As of 5/22/17 the state economist has not provided revenue estimates to the Regional Roundtable or local jurisdictions.