Thank you for the wonderful guest column about the SPLOST by Ron Sifen in Sunday’s MDJ. His detailed analysis highlighted how corrupt the SPLOST process has become and how addictive our local politicians have become to this pot of money.
However, after reading his article, I reach the opposite conclusion when it comes to supporting SPLOST. Why would we reward a corrupt and dishonest process? Why vote ourselves another new tax? I, like a lot of my fellow Cobb residents, feel like we are taxed enough and our politicians need to learn to live within their budget. Do we live in fear that our property taxes will be going up? Of course they’re going to go up! How else are we going to pay for the services we already have and a new baseball stadium? The fear is that not only will our property taxes go up, but we will also be saddled with a new six-year SPLOST tax as well.
Ever notice how our local politicians brag about Cobb County being a great place to live because of the low property taxes? Don’t you think they are artificially low because of other taxes, like SPLOSTs? Maybe our politicians need a reality check.
Again, I want to compliment Sifen for his insightful article; he just reached the wrong conclusion on his extensive list of cons concerning this new SPLOST. Voting “no” will make our commissioners be honest and precise about asking for “special purpose” tax hikes instead of supplementing the county’s existing budget.