I generally don’t support tax increases, but I find the proposal for the upcoming renewal of the education SPLOST to be a well-reasoned solution to address education funding in Cobb. Board representative Scott Sweeney explained the situation at the recent Town Hall (without advocating for or against) by outlining just some of the over $1 billion in repairs and upgrades needed. If Cobb doesn’t pass this renewal, we either don’t fix our aging buildings or we increase property taxes (or float a bond) to do so. If we go the bond route, the interest expense would run into the millions, and would be borne by property owners.
I don’t see a more economical solution to address the need. The ESPLOST seems like the most equitable answer as the burden is shared by anyone who purchases goods in Cobb.
If someone can propose another means to raise money for school repair, let’s hear it.
However, I will side with those who ask that future ESPLOST votes be held during a presidential primary, presidential election, or gubernatorial election. I understand the argument for holding the ESPLOST referendum in March (so as not to experience a lag in collections and lose all of next summer on the project schedule), but I believe it’s being held now because the lower turnout gives it a greater chance of passing.
If the school board wants my support for the next ESPLOST, get it on the ballot during the general election.