Debra Miller and Carol Lindsey, who both live in Marietta, said they voted no for the 1-cent sales tax because of what they referred to as a lack of accountability.
“I don’t mind it if there’s accountability for it, but I’ve lived in Cobb County since 1968, and there’s a long history of them doing things, but yet the money disappears so there’s no accountability and the kids still can’t read and write,” said 61-year-old Lindsey.
Lindsey said another point of contention was the election date itself.
“They are wasting time and resources to hold it now because they know that only 10 percent, if that, will come out to vote, and the 10 percent that does will support it,” she said.
Another no vote was cast by 23-year-old Brittany Kreider, who is a college student at the Art Institute of Atlanta.
“I don’t believe we need to be raising our taxes,” she said. “The money never goes where it’s supposed to go.”
Kreider also voted against the TSPLOST this summer.
Vincent Duckery, a 50-year-old delivery truck driver, said he believes the school districts need to look for other ways to take care of their maintenance and operations costs.
“There are just too many people out here out of work, and it’s really tough on the people who are working when you’re constantly getting taxed,” he said. “We’ve had this one for a number of years now, and it’s time to give it a break.”