SPLOST favored in west Cobb ... excluding BRT
by Ricky Leroux
July 18, 2014 04:00 AM | 2633 views | 7 7 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham said she will be voting for the SPLOST next Tuesday, but she emphasized the project list still isn’t complete.<br>MDJ/file
West Cobb Commissioner Helen Goreham said she will be voting for the SPLOST next Tuesday, but she emphasized the project list still isn’t complete.
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POWDER SPRINGS — Some northwest Cobb citizens say they will not vote for a proposed sales tax if it goes to pay for bus rapid transit.

“I’m so opposed to (the BRT) that if it’s in there — tier one or tier two — I won’t vote for (the tax), and neither will anyone in my family,” said Powder Springs resident Ed Baker, who was one of about 80 people who attended a public meeting about the tax Tuesday at the West Cobb Senior Center.

Representatives from every department of the county government talked about the projects Cobb officials hope to fund with the proposed 2016 special purpose local option sales tax.

Commissioners will decide Tuesday whether to put the SPLOST measure before voters in November.

Commissioner Helen Goreham said she is in favor of the SPLOST measure and will be voting for it, though she said the project list is not yet complete.

“Obviously, we have to have it finalized for the meeting and the vote, but it’s still a work in progress,” she said. “Mine is pretty much massaged down at this point, unless there’s a lot of comments that come in on the written forms. You know, there’s always time for a tweak here or there.”

Bob Weatherford, a candidate in Tuesday’s runoff election to replace Goreham, attended the meeting and said the BRT shouldn’t be on the SPLOST project list because it might cause the measure to fail.

“Well, certainly (citizens) have been opposed to the rapid transit.

There appears to be a groundswell on that,” he said. “And all along, I’ve said that I was undecided on it. The main reason is I want to wait and see what the financial plan is and the environmental assessment. I think something that major ought to be a separate bond issue and not on (the SPLOST) because it will hurt it.”

Still, Weatherford acknowledged the need to address the county’s transit issues.

“What that answer is, I have no idea,” he said. “But I know we need one. And here, everybody’s against (the BRT). So, I’m not for what they plan because it’s too big a chunk out of what you need for other things. But I’m for some solution somewhere.”

Weatherford’s opponent in the runoff election, Bill Byrne, did not attend the meeting. Goreham has publicly endorsed Weatherford as her successor.

West Cobb resident David Welden also said he will not vote for the SPLOST if the BRT is on the project list, but said he is undecided about the other projects because of the length of the proposed SPLOST.

“We can only have one, one-percent SPLOST, and if we book it up totally for the six-year period, we can’t add newly discovered needs,” Welden said. “Six years is a long time, especially with things changing as rapidly as they are in Cobb County.”

The BRT aside, many residents in attendance expressed approval of other projects on the list, especially a proposed $8.6 million regional library, which will consolidate the current Acworth and Kennesaw libraries.

“I really like what they’re doing with the new library up there,” Welden said. “I think the police department is trying to do the right stuff. And certainly the parks organization, as far as I’m concerned, is the best managed organization in the county. They’re aiming the money carefully, I think.”

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whitlock need a bus
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September 19, 2014
Whitlock needs a CCT bus that runs every 10 minutes and stops every couple blocks whether or not there is anybody wanting to get on or off.

Sooner or later people will figure "it's there, it's every 10 minutes, it's stopping anyway, why not use it to get to work, I am sick and tired of spending time stuck in a car halfway paying attention to driving when I could be paying all my attention to the facebooks or whatever"

The bus and the train ain't what they used to be. Everybody has headphones and their xyzPadPhone device.

Put free internet wifi on the bus and train and we will have the most magical public transit system on earth, with people CLAMORING for seats!!!!
Just Sayin'....
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July 19, 2014
Folks...many people would support some sort of transit plan IF it were well thought out, presented to the voting public rather than shoved down their throats, and if it wasn't going to be yet another project that would be on the taxpayers backs forever. You cannot add any more ongoing subsidies to the general fund without raising all taxes. So....figure it out first, then tell us, then let us vote on it. This being said, MARTA is not an answer nor is Tim's BRT. AND, do not include it on this SPLOST or the whole thing will fail.
Mike H
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July 18, 2014
Commuters in West Cobb and Paulding County have no reason to get out of their cars and out of your way. If some could take a short ride on a Cobb County Transit (CCT) bus to the BRT stop, it would give many commuters a transportation option. They would no longer be slowing down your commute. You don't have to ride a bus or BRT to gain advantage from them.
anonymous
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July 18, 2014
If you think traffic is bad now, wait until two lanes of Cobb parkway are commandeered for the exclusive use of BRT,

The BRT IS ON THE SPLOST list, hiding in plain site. Go the the county web site and see for your self.

The claim is made that half the project funding WILL come from the Fed, but O & M cost are 100% Cobb tax dollars.

Add that tax increase to the one coming from the stadium bonds and watch property taxed hit the roof.
NE Cobb roads
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July 18, 2014
I agree with the man who said that 6 years is to long. The list is already light on road projects. There are no transportation improvements for NE Cobb. And this list tells me that there will not be road projects in NE Cobb for the next 6 years mbeginning in 2016, meaning 2022????!!!!! That is very disappointing and misses the mark.
magic teleporters
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July 18, 2014
We know we have an awful problem here with our traffic, but the only solutions that exist in reality are absolutely unacceptable! UNNNNACCEPTABLE! NO BUS! NO BRT! NO LIGHT RAIL! NO HEAVY RAIL! NO CARPOOLING! We don't want none of that!

We don't want the solutions that work great for those unimportant people in far less important places than ruburbia, Georgia, because we are FARRRRR too important for that! Those dummies in NYC think they are so important, but they ride the subway! That is SOoooo classy ain't it. Subways. Gross!

Instead, give us more lanes, so we can sit alone in our self importance for two or three hours a day, looking around at all the other important people spending their important time sitting in their isolation cells!

In absence of a public that embrances public transit, the only solution is to leave roads absolutely alone beyond repairing potholes. IF there's too much traffic your way, take some personal responsibility for your own choices: MOVE! If the road out your way just wears out, take some personal reponsibility and MOVE! MOVE! MOVE MOVE MOVE!

You will NEVER make money on a house that is a far commute. Any equity you might ever gain is ate up by your commuting costs! You are LOSING out there, getting further and further behind!

You should move to the country AFTER retirement, not when you have 30 years of working to go!!!
Car phonebooth
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July 18, 2014
I love sitting in traffic and talking on my cell. I also like causing traffic by using my cell and driving slowly. In fact, banning my cell phone while driving would probably free up 25% of the traffic problems in the county or about one additional lane. But please don't even consider this as I don't want AT&T to not "contribute" to my lawmaker.
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