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Cobb County’s 'Bridge to Nowhere'

Susan E. Stanton, Kennesaw resident and secretary of the Georgia Tea Party, provides an opposing view for the upcoming SPLOST vote.

In Cobb County, we don’t have a “bridge to nowhere,” but we do have sidewalks to nowhere, and our commission is offering us more!  This we get for a mere $400,000 vote and an extra penny per dollar we spend for the next four years! What a deal!

This year’s SPLOST is too full of wants. 

  • In the North Cobb area, most people have back yards that are big enough to exercise a horse. We really don’t need an upgraded dog park.
  • White Water is in Cobb County. Do we need a water feature park courtesy of our tax dollars to compete with private enterprise? Do we really need a skate park?
  • We have voted several times to keep MARTA out of Cobb County. Why do we want to spend $42 milion for light rail studies? Perhaps it is because we can get federal dollars. Did anyone on our brilliant commission consider the strings and red tape that come with federal dollars? Did they consider the crime that will come out with the rail lines? Did anyone think that we will have to subsidize this program forever? Oh well, we can always have another SPLOST forever!
  • Why do we need to tear down and rebuild concession stands, scoreboards, and park buildings, some of which are only a few years old? Oh yeah, SPLOST funds can’t be used for maintenance. If we are going to have disposable buildings, maybe we should consider using tents. They are much cheaper to replace. Maybe we need to stop building beyond the capacity of the general funds for maintenance.

The commission and Citizens for Cobb’s Future would have us believe that keeping this tax in place will draw businesses and spenders from other counties to Cobb.  We currently have a SPLOST in effect. They need to drive around the North Cobb area and see all of the empty shops and former restaurants. Reducing the sales tax by a penny would bring in more shoppers from other counties. Our continued penny tax would also benefit other counties with a new I-75 interchange at 3rd Army Road in Bartow County with a new 4 – 6 lane divided highway to Dabbs Bridge Rd. in Paulding County for only $50 million. This helps Cobb County, how?

Let’s look at Cobb County before SPLOST. Roads were in better condition. We had youth ball fields that children played on happily. We had woods. We never thought we were missing anything. Yes, the millage rate was higher, but house values were lower; hence property taxes were about half of what they are currently.

Citizens for Cobb’s Future is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by special interests which would gain from projects paid for by our money to convince us that babies would die, we would lose our AAA rating, and property taxes would be raised if we don’t vote for this latest SPLOST. Not true. We have excellent ambulance services; bond ratings are based on more than added taxes; and commissioners will join the unemployment rolls if they raise taxes. This boondoggle is costing us, the taxpayers, $400,000 to hold a single option election in March, when most people will be unaware or unlikely to go vote.

SPLOST is supposed to be for special infrastructure projects to alleviate unexpected population surges. Our population is on the decline, and not expected to rebound for several years. There are some projects on the list that are needed, and not all SPLOSTs are bad.

If this were a one year SPLOST to purchase those things necessary for fire and police, and road repairs that are truly needed, I would agree to it; but this SPLOST is for too many years and has too many wants placed on the list to use up three years of excess dollars, and should have been on last November’s ballot.

I  will vote “NO” on March 15.

Susan E. Stanton, Secretary of the Georgia Tea Party, Inc.

MS. WASHINGTON March 13, 2011 at 03:47 PM
Who is she? Oscar, the grouch? The big backyards were lost to foreclosures, that brought the properties' prices down to the same nowhere where she wants Cobb Co. to stay. "Crime" in the rail lines? yes, crime travels in trains where it can be filmed, right? And of course this lady doesn't know about the hate crimes, about the sexual crimes, about the bank robbering and underage drinking and drugs that are breading here without any need for rail lines. And why a rail line connected to MARTA?!?! duh... maybe it's because gas is almost as high priced as it was at Kattrina's days, maybe it's because commuters that park their cars everyday in the CCCT's "park & ride" get the same traffic in the same 75 south they would in a car. Summer is coming and we are going to see the "fit" people sporting shorts, because everybody has a place to exercise, right? And the ball parks? sure, the private ones are thriving and it seems exactly what she wants: her private life is perfect, why would she care for the rest? I will vote YES.
MS. WASHINGTON March 13, 2011 at 03:50 PM
oops... typo there: "breeding" and not "breading".
Pattrice Sewell March 14, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I cannot believe that I actually agree with Susan. Let's not be sidetracked by the Party affiliation, it's the issues that are important and her analysis clearly represents my views. Good job, Susan. Pattrice Sewell, staunch Independent.
Sick of taxes March 14, 2011 at 05:48 AM
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Vote Again March 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM
I voted early & I voted Y-E-S!! Anyone who thinks milage rates will stay low is living a dream! "We'll vote them out if they do" is a great tag line but with no SPLOST the next group is unlikely to lower them...it could take years to get them back. I also totally disagree with the White Water nonsense! In these "tough times" anti-SPLOST people want to talk about, not many families can afford $70 or more per person for these "Cobb County" businesses!! The SPLOST has allowed us to have wonderful public amenities that everyone can enjoy, not just the ones who can drop a small fortune every weekend. So bring on the great parks, water features & fun places for our dogs; Cobb IS a great place to live and a penny on the dollar is a BARGAIN price!!
Tim March 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Baaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaah, take more of my money, Baaaaaaaaaaah, Baaaaaaaaaaah, I want the gov't to do everything for me since I'm incapable of doing it myself! It's only a penny, then another, then another, then they raised my taxes anyway-What?! Oh, where is someone to help us get these taxes under control?! I wish I had listened when people were trying to keep my taxes low in the first place. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah, Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Wake up lemmings!
the legal beagle March 14, 2011 at 04:39 PM
"Let’s look at Cobb County before SPLOST Yes, the millage rate was higher, but house values were lower; hence property taxes were about half of what they are currently." Are we to believe everything you say just because you say it? House values were never lower than they are today. I agree the millage rate was higher. "Hence property taxes were about half of what they are currently"!!!! NOT CORRECT!! You need a new tea bag, the one you are sipping on is flawed.
The Techie March 14, 2011 at 05:45 PM
When Gas Prices Hit $4.00 Can we vote again for MARTA? I'll Vote Yes.. My F-150 drinks too much Gas. Inferring that Crime comes with the Rail system is actually code for keeping the low income blacks out of our neighborhoods.. Sorry.. We are here.. and we are staying.. like it or not.. My wife likes The Avenue Too much. 90% of the arguments here are ridiculously flawed. I am going to make it a point to vote yes tomorrow.
Ken Duncan Jr March 14, 2011 at 07:28 PM
We do not have a bridge to nowhere? Drive down Jiles Rd. to right at the intersection of Jiles and Baker Rd. The bridge sits in front of you ! KenD

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