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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.
Kenneth Patterson February 27, 2014 at 08:06 PM
No let the people have a little relief from extra taxes.
electric123 February 27, 2014 at 09:02 PM
GA is the most money hungry blood sucking state I ever lived in!!
electric123 February 28, 2014 at 05:48 AM
I say citizen of Cobb favor a set of new commissioners
Chris P. February 28, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Of course he does, Tim Lee is dependent on your money to pay his bloated salary and redistribute wealth to his favored cronies. It's about time the voters in Cobb woke up and rejected a SPLOST. Do you know that included in the list of projects are many "sidewalks to nowhere" and plans to reduce, rather than expand the number of traffic lanes? It seems that Cobb leaders have gotten enamored with bicycles and putting in bike lanes in places where the roads are already clogged with cars. @electric123 - I agree the best thing to do is get rid of the current crop of Commissioners, with the exception of Lisa Cupid.
electric123 March 01, 2014 at 11:33 PM
@ Chris, you are correct Lisa Cupid is commissioner of my area of Cobb, she seems very diligent and against the good ol' boy system Tim Lee and "Mr. NO" AKA Bob Ott, he needs to go too, he votes no on anything to give police and firemen or firewomen raises which they had in years.
Marlene Mitchell March 02, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Tim Lee wants to hold the SPOST vote during the General election saving the county about a 1/2 million dollars over how it has been done before....and the problem is????? Give me a freaking break here...it will be up for a vote during the general election with out the "special election" costing us $500,000.00. Give the guy some credit for at least this. Like him or not...like SPLOST or not.. at least it will on the ballet without costing the taxpayers $500,000.00 extra. Thank you Tim Lee for that.
electric123 March 02, 2014 at 04:41 PM
I still say we need some new blood who is not blood thirsty for money as Tim Lee and his cronies are!
Marlene Mitchell March 02, 2014 at 04:50 PM
I was at a townhall meeting where Tim Lee was speaking and a question was raised from the audience as to why the SPLOST sales tax voting date was always separate from the general election and Mr. Lee's comment was..."They know it wouldn't pass any other way". Yet here he is putting it in the general election.....you may not like or agree with the man but you got to give him credit for this as it is the right thing to do...you cut him some slack and for him not to waste another $500,000.00 of our money.
electric123 March 03, 2014 at 01:22 AM
He doesn't care it will cost the taxpayer $500,000 to get more through SPLOST or not, if he cost us a additional $500,000, he knows it most likely would get shot down in the first place, citizens are tired of SPLOST period and not accomplishing nothing but new jail and courthouse.
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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