SPLOST early voting begins on Monday
by Katy Ruth Camp
krcamp@mdjonline.com
February 20, 2011 12:00 AM | 3314 views | 10 10 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Early voting begins Monday for the March 15 referendum regarding the county's 2011 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proposal. Meantime, activist groups are preparing for debates and events.

Residents will decide whether to extend the current 1 percent sales tax for four more years. The current 2005 SPLOST is in its sixth year and will run out in December. The 2011 SPLOST, if approved, would last from January 2012 through December 2015. The county's current sales tax is 6 percent. If the 2011 SPLOST is defeated, it will drop to 5 percent next January. The county projects the four-year extension would bring in $492 million for the county to put toward a published list of projects of mainly maintenance and upkeep on the county's infrastructure, including roads, bridges and facilities.

Early voting will take place through Friday, March 11 during the weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Cobb Elections main office at 736 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta. Voters can also vote by mail during the early voting period, and can request applications at www.cobbelections.org.

Following the early voting period, other voting locations across the county will be opened.

On Wednesday, the League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb will sponsor a forum regarding the 2011 SPLOST from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the county government building at 100 Cherokee Street in Marietta. The debate is open to the public and will be broadcasted on the county's cable channel, Channel 23.

Lance Lamberton, president of the Cobb County Taxpayers Association, will argue against the SPLOST, and Rose Wing, an attorney who heads the Citizens for Cobb's Future, will argue for it.

Each side will give a five-minute opening statement, and three-minute closing statement. A moderator will ask questions, including those submitted in writing by audience members. The moderator will be Gloria Beauchene, a board member of the League of Women Voters.

Cobb County has collected the special sales tax since 1986. The tax has generated a total of about $1.6 billion during those years.
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20 years in Cobb
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February 22, 2011
After the way the calendar was handled (they couldn't honor a 3-year set calendar already in place), I will be voting NO, NO, NO for the very first time! If you can't uphold something as simple as a calendar, I will certainly not trust you with $$!!!
voteforsplost
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February 21, 2011
Where can we get a Vote 'YES' sign for our yard?
Lance Lamberton
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February 21, 2011
VOTE NO SPLOST yard signs can be obtained by contacting me at 404-925-8960, or call David Staples at 678-699-7062.
Indian Joe
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February 21, 2011
I have gotten 3 roto-calls in the past week - all of which I anansered NO to all questions. Thought it strange they said "would you vote for this "one cent" tax - not the one percent which it is. As soon as I cast all of my NO votes, they just hang up - no thnak you - no nothing. Seems if someone (probably the taxpayers) are paying for this poll, they would at least make sure they only call a voter one time. Probably in my case, they wish there records were a little more accurate. I have applied for my vote by mail ballot - and will return it the same day it is received - with my NO vote.
vote no!!!
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February 20, 2011
Can't wait to cast my no vote! Any idea where I can get a no splost yard sign?
On television/radio?
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February 20, 2011
Will this debate be on television on radio? does anyone know?
Really Steamed
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February 20, 2011
NO !!! Vote NO. Politicians must learn. This is not their money; it is not an entitlement for them to waste. This is OUR money.

VOTE NO on SPLOST.
Swooper
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February 20, 2011
So, we will have 3 weeks of Early Voting for an Election purposely scheduled to reduce Voter Turnout.

What are they thinking?

Thanks, for helping me decide my vote!,
Watcher...
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February 20, 2011
If I was from Chicago or Louisiana, I might say vote early, vote often and vote NO!

Since I live in Cobb County, I will simply say vote early and vote NO!
givemeliberty
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February 20, 2011
I can not wait to send in my absentee ballot! No way. No How. No More Taxes. PERIOD!!
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