ESPLOST History

Last Updated: 1/25/2021 7:39 PM


Since July 1, 1997, Troup County visitors and residents have participated in the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or ESPLOST. For ESPLOST to benefit the community, the Georgia legislature said this one-cent tax on all consumer goods must be approved by voters in a referendum. It is effective for five years. 

  • ESPLOST I: July 1, 1997 - June 30, 2002
    • Major Projects Included:
      • Callaway High School (paid bond)
      • Callaway Middle School Construction Begins
      • Computers and New Technology Infrastructure
      • New School Buses
      • Troup High Fine Arts Center
      • $42,631,479 was collected
  • ESPLOST II: July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2007
    • Major Projects Included:
      • Franklin Forest Elementary Construction 
      • Operations Center Construction
      • Heating, Air, and Cosmetic Updates to Schools Throughout the System
      • Callaway Middle School Construction Complete
      • Major Renovations @ Gardner Newman and West Point
      • Computers and New Technology Infrastructure
      • $46,077,409 was collected
  • ESPLOST III: July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2012
    • Major Projects Included:
      • Building Additions and Renovations @ LaGrange High
      • Major Renovations @ Hogansville
      • Automotive Programs in High Schools
      • Operations Center Construction Complete
      • Physical Education Updates at Middle and High Schools
      • $53,470,055 was collected
  • ESPLOST IV: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2017
    • Major Projects Included
      • Ethel W. Kight Elementary
      • Computers and New Technology Infrastructure
      • New School Buses
      • Callaway High Multipurpose Facility
      • Classroom Additions @ Callaway and Franklin Forest Elementary Schools
      • Heating, Air, and Cosmetic Updates to Schools Throughout the System
      • $54,370,202
  • ESPLOST V: July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2022 (We are currently in ESPLOST V)
    • Major Projects Included
      • One-to-One Chromebook Devices
      • Safety and Security Upgrades Throughout School System
      • Clearview Elementary (Replacement School for Whitesville Road Elementary)
      • LaGrange High Athletic Facility
      • Troup High Athletic Facility
      • THINC College & Career Academy
      • *$63,309,984 is projected community investment
  • ESPLOST VI: To be voted on by Troup County residents March 16, 2021