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Lee Favors November SPLOST Vote

Cobb Commission Chairman says holding a special election next year would cost the county about $500,000.

Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee. Credit: Hunt Archbold
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee. Credit: Hunt Archbold
At Tuesday’s Cobb County Commission work session, Chairman Tim Lee said he would like to see the November general election feature county residents voting on another 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

The current SPLOST expires on Dec. 31, 2015, and Lee said holding a referendum during a general election makes the most financial sense if the county hopes to extend the tax for another four years uninterrupted.

Lee said a special election next year would cost the county about $500,000.

Cobb voters approved the current four-year SPLOST by just 79 votes in 2011. It is expected to collect $492 million to help update existing infrastructure.

What do you think, would you like to see a SPLOST referendum on the ballot in November? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Marlene Mitchell March 03, 2014 at 01:59 PM
You seem to have an ax to grind....sorry about that. SPLOST will be coming up for a vote whether we like it or not and I am glad that it won't cost us $500,000.00 for a "Special Election" where the majority of people won't bother to show up to vote.
Kenneth Hannon March 07, 2014 at 10:54 AM
Let Mr. Lee pay for the upgrades Cobb county needs to bring the Atlanta Braves here. He surely can afford it.
Brian March 07, 2014 at 11:16 AM
This SPLOST is the most important of any, not just because of the Braves stadium, but because the proposals will be more balanced between modes of transportation and help aspects that we have neglected, and many of these are in areas that will make Cobb more attractive for attracting businesses and jobs. What Kenneth Patterson and some others don't understand is that we've only put 2% of previous SPLOSTs towards transit and a good chunk of them was just to cover maintenance and expansions that otherwise would have been paid for by property tax. Likewise, we have been putting off BRT on the Cobb Pkwy cooridor for a long time and will pay for these things regardless, but through SPLOST, it won't be through sales tax and instead will be through sales tax partially collected by convention-goers and others outside the county (Much of it is collected in Cumberland).
Brian March 31, 2014 at 02:50 AM
Kenneth: Without the SPLOST, your property taxes will go up because 30% of it is diverted to the General Fund for road maintenance. Would you rather share sales tax with tourists, or pay property taxes yourself?

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