Monday, April 1, 2013
Barr has announced his candidacy to run for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent District 11 Seat, which includes Cherokee County.
Monday, April 1
Former U.S. Rep Bob Barr wants to return to Congress. Barr, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1995 and 2003, has announced his plans to run for the District 11 seat, which will be vacated by U.S. Rep Phil Gingrey as he plans to run for the U.S. Senate. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barr was the author of the Defense of Marriage Act, whose constitutionality was debated earlier this week in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also ran for the presidency in 2008 on the Libertarian Party ticket and currently practices law in Atlanta. Tell us: how do you feel about Barr's announcement? Keep up with all the news you care about by subscribing to our free email newsletter, liking us on Facebook and …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Cobb voters approved Tuesday's referendum to continue sales tax collections through 2018.
The Cobb Education SPLOST will continue through 2018. Cobb voters on Tuesday approved a referendum that would continue collecting the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for school construction and maintenance projects for another five-year period. With all 153 precincts reporting, a total of 23,248 votes were cast in favor of the SPLOST extension, or 57.3 percent. There were 17,317 votes against, or 42.7 percent, according to figures reported by the Georgia Secretary of State. The Cobb Ed SPLOST IV, as it has been called, would collect $717.8 million for the Cobb County School District and $55.4 for Marietta City Schools between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2018. "Schools win, kids win, economic development wins, property values win. It's…
See what some of your neighbors had to say about today’s vote on continuing Cobb’s one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for schools.
If Patch readers’ opinions are any indication, we may not know which way today’s vote will go until the last ballot is tallied. A Patch poll that ran from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday was split right down the middle on how respondents said they would be voting today—or had already voted during advance balloting. Today’s election will determine whether or not the county’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for school maintenance and construction projects will continue for the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools once the current SPLOST ends on Dec. 31. Both sides of the SPLOST issue shared their thoughts in the comments stream on Monday’s story. Patch reader Larry H was among those wanting to ax the tax: “As a …
Monday, March 18, 2013
An opponent of the Cobb Ed SPLOST shares his take on why residents should vote no on Tuesday.
Details of proposed school maintenance and construction work subject to Tuesday's Cobb Education sales tax referendum.
On Tuesday, Cobb voters will decide whether to extend the current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for school maintenance and construction projects in the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools. The Cobb Education SPLOST IV, if passed, would collect a penny on the dollar from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018. The Cobb County School District would receive $717.8 million and Marietta City Schools $55.4 million. The attached PDF files, compiled by the Cobb County School District, include descriptions of the work that would be done at all schools in the Harrison, Hillgrove and McEachern high school districts. Among the major projects slated for West Cobb-area schools include $19.3 million for a new gym and …
Cobb County voters on Tuesday will determine whether or not the county’s one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for schools will continue. Tell us how you will vote on the matter and why.
Proponents and opponents have weighed in. But we want to know what you think. Though Cobb residents have had a few opportunities to cast ballots early, Tuesday is the official election day where voters will determine whether or not the county’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for school maintenance and construction projects will continue for the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools. Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, we want to hear your answer to this question: The Cobb Education SPLOST IV, if passed, would continue the one-cent sales tax for the two school districts when the current SPLOST III collection period ends on Dec. 31. SPLOST IV would run from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018 and would be set to collect…
Monday, March 11, 2013
West Cobb residents can head to Powder Springs this week to vote early in the Cobb Education sales tax referendum. In all, four satellite locations across the county will be open through Friday for early voting.
Advance voting for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum expands to four satellite locations this week. Satellite advance voting takes place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the following locations: Advance voting also continues this week at the Cobb Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The formal Cobb Education SPLOST referendum date is March 19. There will be no advance voting on Monday, March 18. 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 …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The "Rock the E-SPLOST" rally will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Marietta Square.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The United 4 Kids Campaign also will produce commercials leading up to the March 19 education sales tax referendum.
Two Cobb County business owners are featured in a new video released this week in favor of the March 19 Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum. The United 4 Kids Campaign is working on passing the sales tax extension, which would fund $772 million in construction and maintenance costs for the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools between 2014-2018. The speakers in the video are Jay Cunningham of Superior Plumbing and John Loud of Loud Security Systems. Both are based in Kennesaw. They repeat many of the points made by school district officials and others in support of the SPLOST referendum, especially the Cobb district's debt-free status and the county's property tax exemption for homeowners age 62 and over. "Vote yes for …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Cobb Taxpayers Association is organizing Sunday's event at the Marietta Square.
Opponents of the upcoming Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum announced today they will hold a rally this weekend. The Cobb Taxpayers Association said a "Rock the E-SPLOST" rally will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Marietta Square. Among the speakers are former Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne, who lost his bid to return to his old job in last year's elections; and Kim Euston, the former chairwoman of the Cobb Board of Education's Facilities and Technology Committee, which conducts SPLOST oversight. Also fighting the Education SPLOST extension is the Cobb-based Georgia Tea Party. “This rally represents the culmination of a tremendous grassroots effort to defeat the E-SPLOST,” CTA president Lance Lamberton said in a …