By now, there’s nothing ‘special’ about SPLOST
June 26, 2014 08:26 PM | 1874 views | 4 4 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Here are my comments on the pending SPLOST referendum along with some questions about the issue.

At my house, a special purpose is when the pipes break, the electricity goes out or the phones go dead. Meanwhile, like many homeowners, I have needs such as repainting the house, putting in new carpet or buying a new car someday. Clearly, there are meaningful and major differences between needs, wants and Special Purposes.

The first Special Purpose Local Option Sale Tax was created and voted on nearly 20 years ago. Since that time, it appears that the Cobb County Commission gives a blind eye to the Special Purpose component of the SPLOST and no longer considers it a valid concern. Does anyone know how the Commission can change the SPLOST rules so that any county project is allowed on the Special Purpose list?

Also, why does the pending SPLOST referendum have to be for five or six years rather than four? Is the SPLOST so now entrenched that it will never go away? It was originally created for Special Purposes and has since lost its way. Sadly, the SPLOST has slowly evolved into a sort of fixed or permanent tax that the voters can’t seem to stop. It looks like our county has no intention to let it end and view it as a continual tax base for revenue.

Also, why does Cobb County Chairman Tim Lee keep trying to shove a BRT down everyone’s throat and put it on the SPLOST list when it’s pretty obvious that the only people interested in the BRT are his friends and supporters at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and him. They keep putting lipstick on the BRT but regardless, it’s still a pig.

Joe O’Connor


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casual observer
July 01, 2014
SPLOST or property tax increase - take your pick. With the drop in tax revenues in the recession, there's no alternative. Wait, you say - just cut, cut, cut. Sorry, but that's where we are today. Cuts help a little, but not enough to make a significant difference. I like a non-BRT SPLOST that's heavy (40%) on Public Safety. And that's primarily police and not fire. Just my $0.02 for now.
Move On
June 28, 2014
Joe you continue to amaze me with your stupidity. Your opinions are all Old and overused. The more you say the more irrelalemt you become. I suggest you go and waste away in margaritaville
June 29, 2014
@Move On - Did old Joe hit a nerve with you? Before you call someone stupid for questioning taxation you should look at yourself and determine if you're really with the program. Or maybe you're a product of government schooling and just don't understand.
Cobb Taxpayer
June 27, 2014
Old Joe has nailed this one - The Cobb Commission and Cobb School Board along with the cities in Cobb would have to really change their spending/staffing habits if the taxpayers agree and see nothing "speical" in the listed project and these taxes
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