Tuesday voters have the opportunity and civic duty to control an out of control school system. A No vote on SPLOST will bring a screeching halt to the waste of nearly $800 million of our money by school officials. A No vote is the best tool we have to rein in an irresponsible government.
After a decade and a half of school SPLOSTs and after school officials have raised our property tax millage rate to nearly the highest legal limit, officials have the gall to tell us the budget is “not sufficient to fund capital improvements” and cover even regular building renovations and repairs. So, if the existing facilities cannot be maintained, why on earth would they want to build more? Maybe the multi-million dollar artificial turfs in the football stadiums need some repairs.
About two-thirds of our property tax, part of our state and federal income tax, an additional sales tax on our purchases including the bills for utilities, plus all the fees that must be paid for certain school activities and rentals are eaten up to finance a nearly $1 billion school budget, and still it is not enough! Even with this kind of money, the system has an $80 million deficit! What you have to understand is there will never be enough money for them. Cobb schools do not have a revenue problem, officials have a monstrous spending problem.
The sales tax hits those who can least afford it: the working poor and seniors who must live on Social Security. Don’t let school officials scare you with the threat of a property tax increase if this SPLOST does not pass. The millage rate is capped by elected state officials and it would be political suicide to raise or remove that cap. It will not happen, despite the pleadings to remove it by most of Georgia’s public school officials.
For those employed by the schools, do you really think that by voting for the SPLOST your job is safer? It’s the opposite. The more gyms, theaters and stadiums that are built, the less secure your job will be. There is only so much money to go around. When it runs out, the firings start. The best job security you have is to vote against this tax.
Politicians come and go. Sadly, too often we have found that the new boss is usually the same as the old boss. The one real power we have against this onslaught of arrogance, avarice and greed is the power of the purse. It is our right to deny our money to those who wish to take it from us and throw it away. Vote No.