For nearly thirty years, Chatham County citizens and visitors have contributed more than $1.4 billion though the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Between 38 and 40 percent of all sales tax revenue generated for SPLOST is contributed by visitors to our area, making SPLOST an extremely cost-effective way for Chatham County and its residents to support infrastructure and undertake large capital projects. Chatham County thrives on this substantial sales tax revenues.  The Special Purpose Local Option Tax (one penny) and the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (one penny) funds large capital improvement projects such as roads, drainage projects, public safety projects, recreational facilities and new schools.


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For more information about these projects and their associated timelines, please click on SavannahGa.gov, ChathamCounty.org, and SavannahChathamPublicSchools.gov and navigate to the appropriate information.


  • Keep the Savannah area business community up to date on SPLOST projects.
  • Encourage the formation of a “Citizens Advisory Council’ in an effort to increase transparency and accountability to deliver SPLOST projects on time and on budget.
  • Encourage other groups’ promotion of projects value and importance.
  • Grow meaningful participation by minority and local businesses.
  • Coordinate minority business certification among City, County and School System.
  • Advocate and Monitor “Paid For By SPLOST/ESPLOST” signage on project sites.

Lobbying Efforts:

  • Utilizing the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council, develop a yearly state legislative agenda that represent the Savannah Area business community needs.
  • Conduct lobbying events and visits as necessary, including Savannah/Chatham Day in Atlanta and the Washington mission.
  • Foster relationships with City, County, and School System to ensure open lines of communication on behalf of the Savannah area business community.


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