Cobb Looks to Put Six-Year SPLOST Before Voters in November

A decision on the SPLOST, which is calculated to collect $750 million over a six-year period, is expected to be made on July 22.

Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee. Credit: Patch File
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee. Credit: Patch File
The Cobb Board of Commissioners will determine next month whether the November general election should feature county residents voting on another 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

A decision on the SPLOST, which is calculated to collect $750 million over a six-year period, is expected to be made on July 22.

The current SPLOST, which Cobb voters approved by just 79 votes in 2011, is expected to collect $492 million to help update existing infrastructure.

At a special meeting last Friday, Cobb Chairman Tim Lee presented the county’s six mayors with a $55 million list of projects that are of Cobb-wide benefit, and “therefore would come off the top of the SPLOST funding before the cities receive a 26-percent share of the tax revenue,” as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The projected annual funding for the six Cobb cities breaks down like this:

  • Marietta, $9.4 million
  • Smyrna, $8.5 million
  • Kennesaw, $5.1 million
  • Acworth, $3.4 million
  • Powder Springs, $2.3 million
  • Austell, $1 million

As The Marietta Daily Journal reports, Cobb commissioners must decide by July 22 exactly which projects to include on the list to be put before voters on Nov. 4, 2014. Read more from the MDJ here.

Would you like to see a SPLOST referendum on the ballot in November? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Brent Seeger June 25, 2014 at 04:33 PM
Marlene the equalizer has it right. This is just more fat cat political pandering to big business, big sports, and getting taxpayers to pay for billionaires offices and places of business. Its the height of political corruption and immorality. What a rip off. Boycott the Braves!! Recall Tim Lee!!
Marlene Mitchell June 27, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Brent, Richard didn't say anything but his personal opinion based on fact that he hasn't backed up....they were just rantings of an unhappy man. He has opinions in the negative based on nothing that I can find to confirm. Hate to tell ya but Dud, Dud, Dud leaves it lacking also. Facts to this corruption and pandering seem to be in short supply on all fronts so far.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino June 27, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Sorry for the delay in responding...I have been too busy digging up the facts and acting upon them rather than just talking...you want facts...start here: http://cobbcitizensvoices.spruz.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/CGT-Citizens-for-Governmental-Transparency/208804325982180 www.decidingthevote.com I will be happy to provide more if that is not enough.
Richard "the Equalizer" Pellegrino June 27, 2014 at 08:26 PM
By the way..the rantings of an unhappy multitude and majority according the polls referenced at those sites and and the most diverse coalition in history of hundreds of Cobb residents from all political parties, the right and left and center, black, white, Latino...you name it. Our diversity has made national news.
electric123 June 28, 2014 at 01:21 AM
So, as everybody came to the same conclusion to oust Lee and hid cronies, when is the next election for his re-election so we can send a message to Lee his has got to go?


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