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SPLOST Advance Voting Starts Today

In-person balloting on the Cobb school sales tax referendum is available at the main office; satellite voting starts March 11.

Advance voting for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum begins today.

The formal referendum date is March 19, but voters wishing to cast early ballots may so do at the Cobb Elections main office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Satellite advance voting takes place March 11-15 at the following locations:

  • South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Northstar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway,
    Powder Springs; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cobb Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., (West Park Government Center) Marietta; Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voters also may choose to vote by mail, and requested ballots also will be mailed starting today. Voters can apply for a ballot on the Cobb Elections website and have it mailed to them.

A sample ballot also is available on the Cobb Elections website, but that feature has been experiencing some technical difficulty.

The SPLOST IV referendum would collect $717 million in a one-cent sales tax from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018, and would fund Cobb County School District school construction and maintenance projects.

For Marietta City Schools, the tax collected would amount to $55.4 million over the same period.

Every school in the Cobb County and Marietta City School system is slated for improvements, but dollar figures vary based on needs determined school district staff and approved for the project list by each school board.

The current SPLOST III collection period ends on Dec. 31, 2013.

Among the proposed Cobb SPLOST IV projects that would be funded are the following:

  • Nearly $40 million in the construction of a new fine arts center, gymnasium and classroom addition at Walton High School;
  • $30 million to replace Osborne High School;
  • $30 million for an East Cobb-area replacement middle school;
  • $30 million for a career academy;
  • $23 million each for two replacement elementary schools.

Please see the attached PDF for the entire SPLOST IV project list for details.

There's also more information on the CCSD's SPLOST IV resource page, including PDF brochures of each high school district and its feeder schools.

See the MCS SPLOST resource page for more information.

Frank February 26, 2013 at 05:55 PM
You are correct... Your current Cobb County Sales tax is 6%. If SPLOST passes, your sales tax remains 6%. If SPLOST does not pass, your sales tax rate will fall by 1%.
Frank February 26, 2013 at 05:57 PM
SPLOST is a sales tax, not a property (i.e.homeowners') tax.
userbronco February 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM
How can it cost $330K to add one question on a ballot? Verses paying to hold an entire election with one question? I fully admit that Cobb schools are far better than Fulton dekalb and Clayton But that's not saying a whole lot Still a lot of waste. They have almost as many administrators as they have teachers
userbronco February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I Dont care what kind of tax you call it I refuse to vote for any more of an increase unless they do vouchers and let parents have a choice of which school their child is allowed to attend Stinking greedy govt already gets over 50% of my income 16% social security, 22% fed income, 6% state income 7% sales, and that doesn't count $2700 a year property tax gas tax auto tax tax on the phone bill tax on this tax on that etc Especially just after the last splost for the silly pet highway projects. And with the current splost road waste $4million to build unwanted and unneeded medians in Smyrna??
Brian February 28, 2013 at 07:28 AM
I'll vote for this for OUR KIDS, but you horrible board members better stop messing up, spending our money at conferences, packing the schools more, etc. Hopefully what happened to the Dekalb board is a message to you.

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