Tax draws Cobb divide

By Janel Davis The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cobb County residents vote Tuesday on a four-year…

Georgia (Mar 14, 2011) — By Janel Davis


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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cobb County residents vote Tuesday on a four-year sales tax extension that has divided the county between those intent on stopping the collection and others who think it’s the best way to pay for the projects it would fund.

If approved, the special purpose local option sales tax would begin Jan. 1, 2012, effectively continuing the current six-year SPLOST that ends the day before. The tax is expected to generate about $492 million over the four years for roads, parks and infrastructure renovation projects in the county and Cobb’s six cities.

Proponents, led by retired assistant district attorney Rose Wing and Citizens for Cobb’s Future, maintain an extension is needed to diversify the county’s tax base and provide the roads, buildings and public safety, which are reasons some people move to Cobb.

But the extension has strong opposition from vocal residents and groups who have testified at county meetings, rallied in the rain and done grass-roots work to get the tax defeated. …

“A lot has to do with the economy and unemployment and the cost of doing business and living,” said Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “In this part of Georgia, you’ve had a number of SPLOSTs and votes on taxes and fees in the past five to six years, and some people may be nearing a saturation point.”


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