1/4% Sales Tax
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 and most recently in 2014. 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.
Since 1994, the City’s street network has grown 143 percent from 222 lane miles to 540 lane miles. Since 2003, funds from the 0.25 percent sales tax have been used to improve and resurface streets in all areas of town.