Street Maintenance Sales Tax
The City’s 0.25 percent sales tax for street maintenance, also called the quarter-cent sales tax, was first approved by Georgetown voters in 2002 and was reauthorized in 2006, 2010, 2014, and most recently in 2018. The sales tax has a four-year sunset clause unless it is reauthorized, according to state law.
The one-quarter-of-one-cent sales tax can be used only for curb-to-curb street maintenance. It is a dedicated sales tax that cannot be used for other purposes. Revenue cannot be used for new road construction or for hike and bike trails.
The sales tax is collected from everyone who shops in Georgetown, unlike property taxes that are collected only from home and business owners in the City.
Each year, the sales tax generates $3 million to maintain the city street network, which has grown almost 50 percent in 10 years.