Did anyone know about this week’s Ed-SPLOST vote except the county’s educators and parents of school-age children? There was hardly any publicity. I only saw signs over the weekend in a neighborhood on a Smyrna side street and only heard any broadcast coverage the morning of the vote.
There is something inherently flawed about having a tax vote in a democratic republic when said vote is not tied to a general or primary election in order to assure passage. In fact, such votes are no worse than the election shenanigans of second-rate banana republics, even if the justification is the cynical excuse that “it is for the children.”
Cobb’s elected officials ought to be ashamed of themselves for permitting this to happen. And if they ague that they have no control over the renewal, due to the enabling legislation, they should even be more ashamed of themselves for making a cop-out excuse to do nothing to change this. As such I proudly state that I voted NO to continuing this tax due to the renewal circumstances. Furthermore, if any of our elected officials had to formally approve the placement on the ballot, then I will vote AGAINST that person upon re-election.
David J. Stewart