County spokesman Robert Quigley said commissioners have two options when it comes to placing people on the county’s special purpose local option sales tax committee. One option is to have the full board vote on the nominee. A second option is for the commissioner to simply appoint the person to the committee without a board vote. Tonight Cupid is taking the second option, Quigley said.
Earlier this month, Cupid asked that the appointment of anti-tax activist Lance Lamberton of Austell be delayed when county chairman Tim Lee approached her to complain about the nomination.
Lamberton is the president of the Cobb Taxpayers Association, a group that has been critical of county SPLOST programs.
Lee said he opposed Lamberton serving on the committee that oversees the county’s SPLOST projects because Lamberton “might be biased one way or the other.”
The remark prompted Lamberton to wonder if Lee’s problem was that Lamberton was a SPLOST critic rather than a SPLOST cheerleader.
“Is the chairman saying that if you are opposed to the SPLOST passage you are biased, but if you are in favor of it that makes you unbiased? That to me sounds irrational and unreasonable,” Lamberton said at the time.
By nominating Lamberton — a self-described Libertarian — Cupid, who ran as a Democrat, said she is not choosing her party over who she believes is the right person for the job.
Cupid said she met with Lee since she postponed the vote on Lamberton and that she still intends to request Lamberton be appointed to the committee tonight.
“For one, I think it’s important for a person who serves on any board to have an interest in what that board does, and (Lamberton) does have an interest in what the board does, and he also has the interest of it doing the right thing for the district and for the county, and I believe with his eye of scrutiny toward taxes that he’ll make sure that we’re spending our tax dollars wisely when it comes to SPLOST,” Cupid said.
Also tonight, Commissioner Bob Ott has nominated Karen Hallacy of east Cobb, a lobbyist for the Cobb School District, to serve on the Development Authority of Cobb County.
Hallacy would replace Thea Powell, who recently resigned from that board to work as Ott’s new assistant.