SPLOST push featured ‘good, bad and ugly’
March 29, 2013 12:00 AM | 1071 views | 2 2 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

I partially agree and disagree with the statement in the MDJ editorial that local voters did the right thing by voting to extend the E-SPLOST. However, I believe that the E-SPLOST campaign had plenty of the good, bad and ugly in it before it finally passed.

Beyond the obvious reasons that the United 4 Kids campaign targeted the parents and pointed out to encourage everyone else to vote in favor of the SPLOST, I believe that no parent with school age children at home would even consider for one second not to vote for the SPLOST. And that’s a “good” thing and why I think it finally passed. I have four grown children and they have a combined total of six school aged children. No matter where it comes from, all my grown children believe that any money spent towards educating their kids is well spent and voted for the SPLOST.

The “bad” was that the United 4 Kids promotion was well organized and reached out to every parent but unfortunately included some scare tactics along with some incorrect information in their promotional materials and ads. To state that almost a third of the SPLOST funds come from outside our county had no factual or mathematical validation and is wrong.

The “ugly” was the vague and incomplete outline of the project list where the SPLOST money is going to be used.

Sadly, this list is so blurred and generalized that the funds can be used for almost anything in the future without any close scrutiny.

Maybe I’ll live long enough to see the next SPLOST vote put into the regular voting cycle and stop hearing the same old excuse that they need to avoid a gap in collecting the SPLOST monies. Doing so will also eliminate the additional cost to everyone for a stand alone election. Low turnout is the truthful reason for its unique timing. Low turnout almost always assures that it will pass.

I care very much about educating our children. But are we teaching them anything with these types of questionable promotions simply to raise money for their future? It certainly isn’t a lesson about honesty.

Joe O’Connor

Marietta
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@ Joe
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March 29, 2013
It's great to hear your support for education funding. It's also safe to say that "some" percentage of sales tax revenue is generated by purchases made by non-Cobb residents. Nobody knows what the percentage is. Tourism is, surprisingly, Cobb's greatest business generator.

While being critical of supporters, your article omits a glaring scare tactic used by Lance Lamberton's - Cobb Taxpayers Association. Their election eve robo-call suggesting a pro Ed-SPLOST vote would lead to a repeal of the senior school tax exemption is, using your terms, (not) "factual and is wrong."

One more thing; while being critical of Cobb's project list, compare it to other neighboring counties. Cobb's project list is significantly more detailed than all neighboring counties.
Devlin Adams
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March 29, 2013
To @ Joe.

Did you receive on of the alleged robo-calls? Can you say for sure there really were some? I have not been able to find anybody who received one of those calls.

I have, however,read threats in these blogs,to the effect that if the SPLOST did NOT pass, the repeal of the Senior Exemption would be an option to raise needed funds. Of course, that would require a lot more than local support.

It was as empty and meaningless as the other two threats, Higher millage and bond issues.

As to your last statement, I am not particulary concerned with what other counties do. I do not have to pay for their SPLOST. Also, do you imply that what they failed to do is somehow an excuse for what our school board failed to do?
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