In the work session of the Cobb County School Board, held on Wednesday, one of the staff during a routine report, referenced “SPLOST IV.” It took a few seconds for it to seep into my thick skull that the first shot had just been fired. It was mentioned in a manner so casual as to give the impression that “SPLOST IV” is a “done deal.”
Then in her comments after the report, Chairperson Alison Bartlett again made reference to “SPLOST IV”, as if to verify what it covers. Is this the beginning of the process of desensitizing the public, so as to make it easier to set up another SPLOST vote? If so, I think they should know they are in for a surprise.
After the school board rushed to spend SPLOST money for rubber grass, making it the number one spending priority, without regard to much more vital projects, its image as a good steward of public funds is somewhat tarnished. Since the board pursued that course while looking at a large shortfall in revenue, the taxpayers may have a hard time swallowing the “sudden dire need” which will surely be the centerpiece of any campaign designed to dupe them into creating another slush fund for elected officials.
While the board has, ever so subtly, laid the ground work for another hosing of the Cobb County taxpayers, I think they may find the job a lot more than they bargained for. The people are tired of reaching into their pockets for political entities that can’t live within their means like the rest of have to do.
I predict SPLOST IV will not see life in Cobb County.