SPLOST does not deserve your vote
August 12, 2014 12:00 AM | 1307 views | 8 8 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Thank you for the wonderful guest column about the SPLOST by Ron Sifen in Sunday’s MDJ. His detailed analysis highlighted how corrupt the SPLOST process has become and how addictive our local politicians have become to this pot of money.

However, after reading his article, I reach the opposite conclusion when it comes to supporting SPLOST. Why would we reward a corrupt and dishonest process? Why vote ourselves another new tax? I, like a lot of my fellow Cobb residents, feel like we are taxed enough and our politicians need to learn to live within their budget. Do we live in fear that our property taxes will be going up? Of course they’re going to go up! How else are we going to pay for the services we already have and a new baseball stadium? The fear is that not only will our property taxes go up, but we will also be saddled with a new six-year SPLOST tax as well.

Ever notice how our local politicians brag about Cobb County being a great place to live because of the low property taxes? Don’t you think they are artificially low because of other taxes, like SPLOSTs? Maybe our politicians need a reality check.

Again, I want to compliment Sifen for his insightful article; he just reached the wrong conclusion on his extensive list of cons concerning this new SPLOST. Voting “no” will make our commissioners be honest and precise about asking for “special purpose” tax hikes instead of supplementing the county’s existing budget.

Joe Vrtis

Kennesaw

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JC Blue
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August 15, 2014
I'm voting yes to extend the current SPLOST. We in Cobb absolutely need the critical public safety funds that extending the SPLOST would provide. I don't want Cobb to suffer the crime rates of Clayton, Dekalb, or Atlanta. And even with the SPLOST, our sales tax is only 6%...that's the lowest in the Metro area.
Old SPLOST status?
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August 14, 2014
Mr Editor

How about doing some news stories on the unfinished projects and funding from the old splosts?

If there really is a lot of unused money that would change my opinion on the upcoming splost vote.
the facts are
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August 12, 2014
Voting for this SPLOST without the completion of all projects from the 2005 and 2011 project list just keeps the insanity going for six more years, then the same arguments will be in play for another six years, etc, etc. It's not about a new tax, it's about a dependency on a never-ending list where wishes become needs with no end in sight.

And the definition of insanity is....?
Iseethebigpicture
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August 12, 2014
As a Cobb County resident for 30 years, I'll be voting YES to support this SPLOST.
Kennesaw Resident
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August 19, 2014
And as a resident of twenty years, I'll be voting NO.

It is time to stop fraud, waste, and abuse now.
didn't know
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August 12, 2014
Joe, this replaces a current tax so your taxes will not go up, didn't you know that? And the baseball fans from other counties and states will now be paying the tax so its a win for Cobb.
30066
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August 12, 2014
So continuing a tax that is due to expire is not a tax increase... Spoken like a true politician.

Tim Lee said the same thing when he converted the Parks Tax to the Braves.

Beware of any Special Tax... instead of ending, you have no idea where the money will eventually go.... and it will not be considered a tax increase.

Obviously the end date is a sham.

Typical Retort
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August 13, 2014
Sure, this replaces another SPLOST. So the line to the gullible is that taxes are not going up. The flip side is to VOTE NO and then your taxes go DOWN - guaranteed.

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