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Cobb Chamber CEO Endorses TSPLOST

If the transportation tax doesn't pass, "it would be the worst thing ever happened to Atlanta," David Connell said.

David Connell, CEO and president of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, strongly endorsed the proposed regional transportation penny sales tax on Thursday at the Acworth Business Association's monthly luncheon at .

Connell spoke to an audience of about 100 people, which included local business leaders, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews and state Rep. Ed Setzler, who opposes the tax. He discussed Cobb's business strategies that are aimed at creating more jobs and boosting the county's competitiveness.

"These are not strategies to use public funding for chamber marketing," he said. "The purpose is to benefit the prosperity of Cobb County and not the Cobb Chamber.”

When asked about his take on the TSPLOST, Connell urged local business leaders to vote in favor of the tax's passage.

"If TSPLOST doesn't pass, it would be the worst thing ever happened to Atlanta," Connell said. "It's definitely going to hurt the economic development and job growth of our county."

State Rep. Ed Setzler, of District 35, shook his head during Connell's TSPLOST endorsement, and told Patch that he "profoundly" opposes the tax.

"It will not solve our traffic problems," Setzler said. "The only thing it does is bringing in more revenue."

Residents of the 10-county metro region will vote on the tax on the July 31 primary and non-partisan ballots. It will be collected for either 10 years or until the expected $8.5 billion in revenues has been collected.

 will receive 85 percent of the funding, while 15 percent will be used at the discretion of local governments.

Each of Cobb County's four district commissioners were allotted $34.69 million for their areas. 

Of the revenues expected, $689 million is allotted for the proposed Cobb rapid transit system, which officials said will cover construction costs,  as well as 10 years of maintenance and operation.

Voters should be registered by July 2 to participate in the July 31 primaries, non-partisan elections, and TSPLOST vote.

For the Nov. 6 general election, which includes voting for president, citizens should be registered by Oct. 9.

Do you support the TSPLOST? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments.

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Vorant1 July 01, 2012 at 05:21 PM
No surprise here, the big money guys are drooling at the idea of fating their bank accounts off the taxpayers, courtesy of corrupt lapdog politicians.....VOTE NO TSPLOST!!!!!!
Tim Painter July 02, 2012 at 12:34 PM
"The worst thing to happen to Atlanta"? Just a little melodramatic, don't you think? There are too many flaws in the plan to let this pass. Cobb does not need another tax. This will bring our sales tax rate to 7%. This will make it much harder to pass any future SPLOST type endeavors we might need in the future. I have looked at the map and have a hard time seeing much if any effect it will have in Cobb. Most seems to be going to Marta and existing projects. More money will be flowing out of Cobb. Just say no.
Uncommon sense July 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Earlier we had the threat of seniors being thrown out in the streets, houses left on fire, crime running rampant and rising taxes if Cobb didn't vote for a SPLOST.. the result? Taxes went up anyway and school board administrators got a raise. NOW.. we have the chamber telling us that ATLANTA will fall if we don't voluntarily tax ourselves more... NOT. We are continually being bombed with messages of fear, just as the declaration stated that they would eat out your substance. Has corporate might taken over the public right in on both sides of the aisle? It's time to change out the government that has been doing wrong for way too long. VOTE NO on TSPLOST and vote for new GOP representation if you haven't seen your government being active for every day people instead of every day lobbyists. And since that is many, the people can get their society back from the status quo by this time next year. No one can buy the argument against increasing taxes on the wealthy while at the same time voting for TSPLOST. It's called the truth. Real Republicans who are doing the people's business know a tax when they see it and will vote against both. We have been repeatedly threatened by our government and now through the chamber, but who is standing their ground against this threat? Is there EVER a TAX that was so needed that it had to be TODAY? Georgia has the 3rd worst struggling economy and now it's time for a tax? Are yellow dogs back in control of Georgia? Oh no? VOTE NO

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