Athens, GA--With 78.43% of voters in support, the Athens-Clarke County SPLOST package was overwhelming passed last night. Passage will allow Athens-Clarke Co. to move forward with a plan that will collect roughly $313 million over the next 11 years from a 1 cent sales tax increase. Included in the package presented to voters was over $15 million dollars for the local government to spend on energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy like rooftop solar.
Jennette Gayer, the Director of Environment Georgia offered the following statement:
“Congrats to Athens-Clarke County which has, in one year, made a bold commitment to generating 100% of its energy from clean and renewable sources while also making an immediate and impressive investment towards a clean and equitable energy future. To my knowledge this is the largest clean energy SPLOST investment in Georgia’s history.”