Tea Party explains its opposition to Cobb education SPLOST vote on Tuesday

J.D. Van Brink is a Cobb County resident, businessman and chairman of the Georgia Tea Party, Inc.  In this essay, he explains the Tea Party’s opposition to the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum.

On Tuesday, Cobb taxpayers will decide whether to renew a 1 percent special sales tax.

The special purpose local option sales tax was created in 1996 as a way to fund capital projects. Of the 562 education tax referendums held statewide since 1996, 94 percent have been approved by voters, according to the AJC.

While Cobb’s first proposal for an education sales tax failed, the three campaigns since have been successful.  Cobb voters passed their last SPLOST in 2008 with 60 percent approval.

According to the AJC:

The Cobb and city of Marietta districts would use the projected $773 million collected from the special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, for hundreds of projects including repairing or replacing dilapidated buildings and athletic facilities and constructing a $29 million college and career academy.

Supporters say the sales tax is desperately needed in times of deep budget cuts for public education. Generating money for capital projects through a sales tax rather than bonds, administrators say, spreads the financial burden among homeowners, the business community and visitors to the county. “This is the right answer for a strong school system, housing values and future economic development,” said John Loud, a parent in the district who has advocated for the SPLOST renewal.

But there is opposition to the extension of the sales tax, as Van Brink’s essay indicates:

By J.D. Van Brink

Georgia Tea Party’s  decision to oppose the Ed-SPLOST in Cobb did not come lightly.

The GTPI Board considered the questionable practice of holding a special election in March instead of at a normal election time. We looked at the process that was used in determining the project list and then closely scrutinized the Ed-SPLOST information Notebook. We found little in the Notebook that was directly related to education and much that focused on enticing specific groups to vote in favor of this tax.

Our research generated numerous questions and concerns, and we went directly to school district officials for the answers. Following several meetings with school board members, school district officials and staff, our primary questions remained unanswered . . . our concerns unsatisfied.

Exasperated by the lack of detail and planning endemic in this SPLOST and driven by a desire to make sure that tax money for education truly fulfills that objective, the Georgia Tea Party had no alternative but to oppose what ultimately is a wasteful extension of an ostensibly “temporary” tax.

While Georgia Tea Party believes that the Cobb County school system is one of the best in the state, GTPI acknowledges that specific educational needs do exist. Therefore, GTPI makes the following recommendations for action when the Ed-SPLOST is defeated.

First, we urge school officials to go back to the drawing board and identify real needs and prioritize them as to those that require immediate attention and those that can wait for one two or three years. Specific health, safety and maintenance issues should be the primary focus and the exact schools requiring attention should be identified.

Second, a detailed justification for each need should be developed. It should include a complete explanation of the origin of the project, what it is, the objectives of the project, the benefit to the education process, and how success will be measured upon completion.

Reasonable cost estimates should be obtained from contractors and suppliers and precise timelines developed. Comparisons should be made with similar, previously-completed projects, and if costs or deadlines appear to be padded or unrealistically low, a second or third opinion should be obtained.

Third, a pared-down Notebook should be developed, which includes the cost and justification for each project. Austerity should be the prerequisite. New construction should be adequate and not extravagant. If additional infrastructure is required, the source of funding for ongoing maintenance, staff, utilities, transportation and support materials related to the infrastructure should be determined and revealed.

Fourth, all funding options ought to be explored. In today’s low-interest debt environment, many options, such as bonds that may not have been desirable a few years ago, may be suitable now.

Fifth, regardless of the source of funding (taxes or debt), the new Notebook would need to be presented to the public and a referendum held at a time corresponding with a regular general election, the next being November 4, 2014. If emergency funding is required for imminent needs, short term funding could be obtained with the debt pay-off an integral part of the 2014 Notebook.

GTPI believes a long-term vision for education in Cobb County is essential, but since educational requirements are becoming increasingly fluid, any Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax should focus on near-term projects that are truly “special”, and of which all long-term consequences have been determined. GTPI is offering a reasonable approach.

Its simplicity yields transparency. Its short-term character yields efficiency and accountability. It discourages waste by first fixing the things that need to be fixed, and allowing time for a more deliberate approach to the larger projects that do not require immediate action.

GTPI’s objective is to help improve education in our county, state and nation by making sure that every tax dollar spent yields a full dollar in benefit for our children.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

48 comments Add your comment

Private Citizen

March 17th, 2013
5:55 am

I wonder if Mr. Tea Party voted for the $100 billion spent on the Iraq war. I wonder if Mr. Tea Party has any concern about the quantity of Wall Street executives being “investigated” for insider trading, and yet it never goes beyond an “investigation?” I wonder if Mr. Tea Party is concerned about the state giving so much money to United Heath Group where the CEO is paid $100 million per year salary for one person as “health care middleman.”

John

March 17th, 2013
6:30 am

Private citizen:
What in the world does your speech have to due with the subject story?

If you analyze the step by step process proposed by the GTPI you might gain perspective as to a method for the most effective use of our tax dollars!! To just throw money at a problem without a solid plan to execute such en-devour only serves to perpetuate wasteful use of our money.

No tea party in Dekalb

March 17th, 2013
7:13 am

Why did the TeaParty oppose the SPLOST vote? Because they oppose everything. They don’t offer any other solutions, they did oppose everything.
They’ve just taken the Republican mindset a step further. Oppose and criticize and complain but don’t offer any alternatives.

redweather

March 17th, 2013
7:24 am

Mr. brink accuses GPTI of not providing enough specifics (”lack of detail”), but then writes an Op/Ed piece that . . . lacks details?

I do agree, however, that holding these as special elections is guaranteed to result in very low voter turnout. I complained about that in DeKalb http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2011/11/23/another-take-on-splost-vote-seven-percent-of-dekalb-voters-decided-critical-issue/
and I am not a Tea party supporter by any means.

Jack ®

March 17th, 2013
7:24 am

Throwing more money at unidentified needs is an old political ploy. The greater need is to identify waste and remove it.

An Observer

March 17th, 2013
7:50 am

Voters shoud oppose the SPLOST to show the school board that these votes should not be held during sparsely attended elections in March. The school board is being manipulative holding an election at ths time.

bob

March 17th, 2013
8:35 am

Privatecitizen, you should know that Mr. Tea Party did not have a vote on the Iraq war and I bet Mr. Tea Party has no answer as to why Obama has not jailed a Wall Street guy.

Jean Wilson

March 17th, 2013
8:41 am

Dear Teaparty Supporters,

It’s time to stop the decimation of our public school system. My guess is that you know very little about what it truly takes to educate children. Children do not learn well in run down buildings. I see how ED-SPLOST benefits my school every year. This year we getting new windows that leak every time it rains. Two years ago we had our roof redone to stop the ceiling leaks. You say the money doesn’t go to education. I say you are wrong. Who would want to send their child to a school that leaks like a sieve? What would that do to your property values? Hey, I guess lower property values equals less taxes. Maybe that’s truly your goal.

bob

March 17th, 2013
8:48 am

Privatecitizen, are you concerned with wall street execs not being investigated ? Why get snarky with the tea party, it’s your buddy Obama that won’t prosecute them
“In the report, GAI details how the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations both actually took down financial criminals — unlike the Obama administration. Between 2002 and 2008, for instance, GAI points out how a Bush administration task force “obtained over 1,300 corporate fraud convictions, including those of over 130 corporate vice presidents and over 200 CEOs and corporate presidents.”

“Clinton’s DOJ prosecuted over 1,800 S&L (savings and loans) executives, senior officials, and directors, and over 1,000 of them were sent to jail,” GAI adds.

But, despite having “promised more of the same,” especially in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the Obama administration’s DOJ has not brought criminal charges against a single major Wall Street executive.

The Bush and Clinton administrations’ track records on prosecuting white-collar crime, and the Obama administration’s failure to do so, Schweizer said, is “evidence that this has less to do with some sort of partisan or philosophical issue.”

Private, you lose on this one !

Lee

March 17th, 2013
8:54 am

I agree with the Tea Party on this one. The SPLOST funds have turned into SLUSH funds in recent years with school districts getting them passed and then finding ways to spend the money – and spend it they do.

Is it too much to ask to have our elected officials to do those five things that Mr. Van Brink highlighted? I think not. All Cobb officials have given is that they intend to spend the millions of dollars in tax revenues “…for hundreds of projects including repairing or replacing dilapidated buildings and athletic facilities and constructing a $29 million college and career academy.”.

What are these “hundreds of projects”?
Why has the county allowed it’s facilities to become “dilapidated”.
What “athletic facilities”?
Do you really need a “$29 million college and career academy” and how are you going to fund the Operations & Maintenance costs after it is built.

After all, we’re talking tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of tax dollars taken from the public. We deserve something better than a wish list of “hundreds of projects”.

Attentive Parent/Invisible Serfs Collar

March 17th, 2013
9:11 am

In Fulton schools overcrowded ancient schools like Riverwood were told they were at the top of the list for expansion and remodelling before the ESPLOST vote and then dropped like a rock once the approval came through. Apparently though new computers for everyone at the Central Office were the priority with the first check according to numerous parents who had actually kept the emails and charts showing a spectacular case of Bait and Switch between the sales campaign and the actual intended use.

It was always technology. Parents and taxpayers in Cobb may want to read this post I wrote up http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/creating-new-minds-different-values-equity-in-credentials-can-this-really-lead-us-to-prosperity/ after listening to Joel Klein give a luncheon presentation here in Atlanta. He said all the laptops and digital projectors and ICT focus were actually to gain “new kinds of minds” for the 21st century. You might question as to whether the administrators on Glover have shown good faith to be creating new kinds of minds. Your ESPLOST money may be going to Amplify too and like the NYC parents discovered last week in the brouhaha over inBloom, none of the data created about your loved one using that technology is actually the least bit secure. Except maybe to parents.

I know the administrators at APS and Dekalb and Fulton are not showing themselves to be good stewards of any money. They seem to be guided by a vision that every student should be as mediocre as too many of the current recipients of Ed.D’s and even ed phD’s. It sounds harsh but it is unfortunately quite true. There was a problem involving one of the local high schools using teaching practices supposedly from the Broad Academy in a class that still had an EOCT and thus some accountability. Fulton’s central office answer to the parent uproar beyond insipid comments about “employing best practices”?

To announce that all students in the class would be getting IPads. Thus turning a formal academic honors science class into a nonacademic vocational, social interaction course involving the use of a tool. No need for the mind to know anything now. There’s your ESPLOST use. Less and less knowledge in any student’s head and all at ever increasing expense.

Old timer

March 17th, 2013
9:18 am

I voted no for two reasons….First many of the items were not specific enough especially the Career Academy. Second……What awaste of money to do this now. It could wait till the next general election. These votes are held at off peak times to encourage people not to vote. Cobb leaders just threw a list together at the last minute.
This is the first time in my 60 years I have not supported money for schools.
By the way Private Citizen….most of the house AND senate voted for the Iraq war including Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy……

Eddie Hall

March 17th, 2013
9:18 am

I don’t live in Cobb, but in fairness and to answer a couple of questions;
The way the law on a SPLOST is written, if you are specific about ANYTHING on the ballot, it must be done. You have no guarantee on exactly how much money will be raised. I am sure the BOE has a list of top priority projects, but until the votes are in, and the money comes in, they don’t even know all the projects that will be completed. The system of how the things are handled is the problem, they are just playing the game by the rules in place.

mountain man

March 17th, 2013
9:25 am

Everyone knows that once you enact a SPLOST, it never goes away. There is no such thing as a “temporary” tax (or tax cut, for that matter).

Mike in West Cobb

March 17th, 2013
9:29 am

The Harrison HS Freshman center is an example of wasteful spending by Cobb BOE. It was only built because the money was there to spend. Use it or lose it. There was NO compelling education improvement need for that waste of money. It certainly didn’t change student teacher ratios. It won’t offer technology features that drive learning. There is nothing to suggest a surge in student population is immenent requiring additional classroom space. I am all for SPLOST to help fund building refurb and upgrades . Outright expansion seems wasteful and this is what happens when BOE has money to spend and is looking for ways to spend it….meanwhile, how many other schools have serious infrastructure issues requiring re-investment and repairs ?

10:10 am

March 17th, 2013
9:29 am

Splost votes are purposely scheduled at odd times, so as to minimize the number of participating voters and thereby maximize the influence of those directly benefiting from increased taxation.

I’ll be voting against the measure for that reason alone.

Rc@NC

March 17th, 2013
9:31 am

Mr Tea Party sounds like he would like to be the oversight committee for the Cobb County School Board. I find it odd that we want less interference from the Gov’t when comes to school; however, we are okay with the GTPI interfering with a Cobb County matter. Let the voters of Cobb County decide. If we are not informed enough then shame on us.

LarryMajor

March 17th, 2013
9:38 am

It’s your money so you guys do what you will, but there are some basics that apply to any SPLOST issue.

No interest beats low interest every day of the week. A SPLOST shifts the tax burden from property owners to the general public, including people who live outside your tax jurisdiction. Any study on this topic would be a waste of money.

Equally wasteful is pre-bidding every item on a SPLOST list. Primarily, for reasons beyond this comment, you will not complete every approved item. Unlike a bond issue, which requires calculating a tax rate to support a specific revenue amount, SPLOST expenditures are based on projections for both revenue and demographic changes. Projections aren’t always accurate and approved SPLOST items can be reprioritized in these cases. Until this point, you use reasonable estimates and avoid the expense of a formal bidding process.

I have never understood the objection to holding these votes outside a general election. (Jay Bookman may still disagree with me on this point, but he’s a reasonable guy who will, ahem, eventually come around.) An off-cycle vote on any issue gives opponents every advantage. It’s far easier for organized opposition to influence the outcome of a low turnout vote than to contend with the votes of those who don’t really care which, historically, lean towards approval. An early vote has an advantage in that if it fails by a small margin, objections can be addressed, adjustments made and it can be resubmitted to voters in November. If an initial November vote fails by a small margin, you’re sunk because the previous SPLOST expires in December. An approval the following March would create a collection nightmare and seriously interfere with the budgeting process.

roughrider

March 17th, 2013
9:55 am

Is there anyone who feels we are not paying enough tax already ?

NTLB

March 17th, 2013
10:09 am

Are there any statistical records that reveal ANY correlation between increased SPLOST spending and student achievement? If not, this conservative Democrat wholly agrees with the Tea Party this time.

mountain man

March 17th, 2013
10:24 am

“Is there anyone who feels we are not paying enough tax already ?”

Yes, I do. Specifically, we are not paying enough Medicare tax to support the program. Medicare has a dedicated revenue stream based on income – incomes have been going up very little (probably averaging less than 2% over the past ten years) while medical expenses have been going up at the rate of about 15% per year. That is why the Medicare program is in trouble.

If you want all the benefits, you have to pay the piper.

Fred ™

March 17th, 2013
10:44 am

Republicans in general and Tea partiers in specific require stupid voters. Education thwarts their plans. It’s really quite simple. They want folks who can do nothing more than process and repeat endlessly 3015 second talk radio?Fox news sound bites.

The best tea party protest I ever saw had some idiot holding a sign that said, “Keep your Government hands off my Medicare.” Summed up the brains of the tea party in 7 words……..

Equitas

March 17th, 2013
10:44 am

@NTLB- I understand your concern about increased taxes, but believe Cobb County Schools
would greatly benefit from receiving the funding. There are statistical records showing a direct
correlation between property values in Cobb County and student achievement as most real estate
agents use the quality of the schools as a selling point.

@ mountain man -Many people state there is no such thing as a “temporary” tax,but
I have also found it interesting that no matter how much an organization cuts its
budget there is no such thing as a limit on cuts. The fat has been trimmed off the
” educational budget” bone,and the meat has been trimmed off the ” educational budget”
bone, and now the response is “Let’s cut into the bone of educational budgets”, but
residents and business owners want to enjoy the property valuations reflected by the
quality schools in the area.In short, cuts in budgets seems never to be “temporary”
with some people in the political process.

Fred ™

March 17th, 2013
10:46 am

Throwing more money at unidentified needs is an old political ploy. The greater need is to identify waste and remove it.

Yeah, but there are laws that keep you out of the land fill unfortunately………

war eagle

March 17th, 2013
10:57 am

I love the Dem’s line “we don’t have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem.” Translation: they have no problem spending money, there’s just not enough money to spend. Further Analysis: Stop spending money on studying why a musician improvises; why a fly can stick upside own; the mating habits of tropical ants;how fast toothpaste and ketchup fly out of the bottle in a single squeeze; and stop sending money to countries that do not like us-say-3/4ths of all the arab countries! And finally, cut off Air Force 1 and 2. Do a conference call or skype. He does not need to be going on talk shows or partying with Beyonce and the Rap Pack. As for Medicare, decrease the income tax rate and increase the Medicare tax rate.This way, there is enough funding for this project and will make the screaming Dems who yell “more more more” like Billy Idol, realize that the unlimited spending trip has come to an end. TAX the Churches! Open up the oil fields and then collect taxes on the new workeers. THAT isthe way to get more tax money, when there are more people paying into it. NOT raising taxes on the few who are working. People want a PAYcheck, not a welfare check. Well, most of them, those that did not vote for Oblunder anyways.

war eagle

March 17th, 2013
11:00 am

Fred, other than tax people to death and throw good money after bad, what are YOUR solutions to this problem? Let’s see you do it without RAISING Taxes, I’d prefer an outside, indy auditor come in and see where the money is currently being spent and make suggestions to cut wasteful spending.

Bernie

March 17th, 2013
11:10 am

The classic fight that was bound to occur. On one side The Tea Party who represents The OLD and The Poor of the Republican wing. The Other side The Republican Establishment – The Educated, and The Affluent. Clashing over Taxes and spending.

One who sees the end of the world as we know it. The other who sees a Bright Future for their children and will come together, to make sure it happens.

A Fractured Political Party whose fight is more with their ownselves than anyone else!

Tired

March 17th, 2013
11:11 am

I can’t believe I agree with the Tea Party on anything… but here we are. Were I a Cobb County voter I would vote “no” for the same reason I voted against the T-SPLOST – lack of accountability and a track record of bait & switch.

Truth in Moderation

March 17th, 2013
11:58 am

EXCELLENT ESSAY!
This is how it should be done!
COBB COUNTY, VOTE IT DOWN! Hold THEM accountable for why they need this money!
FIND THE PROFITEERS BEHIND THE SPLOST.
EXPOSE THEM!

Lee

March 17th, 2013
11:59 am

Oh good grief, nobody is suggesting that the board go out and pre-bid every project or put an itemized list on the ballot. Simply saying “hundreds of projects” is just not going to cut it.

The SPLOST has turned into a perpetual tax. As the old SPLOST is nearing the end, school systems are lining up new ways to spend money. And let’s face it, a LOT of the spending could be considered frivolous.

To communicate a prioritized list of projects with budgetary estimates is not too much to ask, IMHO.

End the failure

March 17th, 2013
12:13 pm

Government schools are a complete failure (except in the manner that they indoctrinate the youth of our society into a life long adoration of everything government does – which of course is their prime purpose). They should get NO more money. The sooner everyone wakes up to the failure, pulls their children out, homeschools them (ideally), the sooner the system will collapse and parents will be free and responsible again for their children’s education. America is doomed if this change does not come about soon.

Matt

March 17th, 2013
12:38 pm

“You have to pass it to see what’s in it.” – Nancy Pelosi (D) on passing “ObamaCare.”
“We need more money to build lots of stuff to employ our friends & family” – Cobb Board
“I like to make up ‘facts’ and transfer my party’s characteristics to the other guys.” – Fred

raquetman

March 17th, 2013
3:56 pm

It’s very simple. Republicans/tea party talk about less government … except for public education. Let’s watch this anti-public education endorsement by this tea party in Cobb and watch the next “school choice” state superintendent candidate paid for and endorsed by Nathan Deal. Republicans and ND might just take for granted the power of public school educators. At the end of the day, the school choice and many charter schools options often depend upon transportation by the parents. So, who takes advantages of this? Republicans and tea party folks. They can afford it … and guess who can’t?

NTLB

March 17th, 2013
4:59 pm

@Equitas, I live in Cobb County and am going to vote NO. The correlation between property tax value and student achievement is a “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” matter. My concern is whether there is a proven track record of any SPLOST funds’ effect on closing the student achievement gap…because I have not witnessed any YET. By the way, I am also a public school teacher.

The Truth

March 17th, 2013
5:11 pm

SPLOST is a very equitable way to collect taxes but also provides very questionable ways to spend the money becoming a possible slush fund as another poster mentioned. A SPLOST must have specific goals attached such as collected taxes will only pay for only school and student needs or construction or upgrade of school facilities. If this is not specifically covered in a SPLOST I would not hesitate to vote against it. As we have clearly seen lately, the abuse of funds supplied by taxes is limitless.

Old timer

March 17th, 2013
5:28 pm

Fred your opinions could best be kept to yourself about Republicans. The ones I know are intelligent, thoughtfully and think the best way improve their lives is to encourage loving families with two parents, jobs, and opportunity. Giving people stuff has only led to the increase of poor people and their dependency on the government for their care.

Halftrack

March 17th, 2013
5:37 pm

Private Citizen you state: I wonder if Mr. Tea Party is concerned about the state giving so much money to United Heath Group where the CEO is paid $100 million per year salary for one person as “health care middleman.”

I hope you have evidence to back up your claim. A lot of Teachers & State Employee’s would like to follow this up as “abuse” of the common good to taxpayers and State workers.

Rafe Hollister

March 17th, 2013
5:55 pm

I am with the Tea Party position, but after living in Cobb for 30 years, I know that the Tennis moms get their way. Label anything as for the children and watch it pass. Property taxes in Cobb are sky high and there has been a TSplost for education, transportation, etc for years. It never stops, no matter how much money they take it, they need more always. It is like feeding hogs they never get their fill, always want more.

When they get this through, then they begin telling the PTA they need to raise money for a soft covering for a play ground, dirt is not acceptable anymore. Mo money, mo money, mo money.

No one ever asks the voters “are you employed and in good enough financial shape this year that you afford to pay a little more?”

Truth in Moderation

March 17th, 2013
5:59 pm

“TAX the Churches!”
NOW YOU HAVE OPENED A CAN OF WORMS…..

Do you mean GET RID OF THE 501c3 and FOUNDATION IRS TAX LOOPHOLES?
Because, if you tax a church, ALL OTHERS WOULD BE TAXED AS WELL!

I SAY, GO FOR IT! This would cut the power of the .01% FOUNDATIONS that have been used to change our government, education system, and way of life. Abortion clinics would close, GLT clubs would cease, the SOUTHERN POVERTY CENTER would shut down, SACS would close its doors, and many other wonderful things would happen! You, the citizen, would have tax revenue once again!

Pride and Joy

March 17th, 2013
8:07 pm

CUT FOOTBALL! I hate SPLOST taxes. We taxpayers are bled dry as it is. In APS we had SPLOST for many many years and my child’s school STILL has NOT received any of the so-called planned expansions. My children were in “school” in FIFTY year old hazardous, dangerous Trailers. Portable classrooms they want to call them. It’s more like Porta Potty classrooms. THey are easy to break into, tornado magnets and children are ripe for abuse by teachers because they are isolated.
GA always has room for a chauvinist sport but not enough room in the budget for a SAFE classroom.

Private Citizen

March 18th, 2013
8:11 am

Halftrack, Doing a search for “United Health CEO pay” brings this: (Dec, 2011) “In a study released this week, the compensation research group PayScale has identified the Fortune 50 companies with the widest pay gaps — the biggest disparities between the top manager’s pay and workers’ median pay… The top spot goes to UnitedHealth Group (UNH 0.00%), the health insurance company led by CEO Stephen Hemsley… Hemsley made 1,737 times the median pay earned by workers at his company in 2009.”

and this, “$109 million plus 99 million in stock options!!!! This was in 2009.”

and this, “Turns out the guy is making about $102,000 per hour. At one point a few years ago his salary alone accounted for $1 in every $700 spent…” http://deep.mastersfamily.org/2009-08/billionaire-insurance-ceos-102k-per-hour-salaries/

Bobby J

March 18th, 2013
11:00 am

The ESPLOST seems to address facilities only. But, does it really make sense to build buildings when they County cannot afford the teachers to staff them? Looks like this needs more work so I’m voting “NO”.

food for thought

March 18th, 2013
12:41 pm

1. This isn’t a new tax; it’s a continuation. Those crowing about “raising taxes” need to inform themselves before they vote.

2. This is more equitable than property taxes and also has the added benefit of people who shop in, but don’t live in Cobb, helping our schools.

3. We don’t have to send any of the money raised to Gwinnett (see Maureen’s other blog post). Money raised in Cobb stays in Cobb.

4. We are currently free of bond debt. Some of the things in the notebook will need to be done, SPLOST or no SPLOST. I personally don’t want Cobb taking out more bonds (I like what someone said – NO interest always beat LOW interest).

Is it perfect? No. Do I have concerns? Yes. However Cobb has a lot of watchdogs, and I think things will be done more carefully than in the past.

Truth in Moderation

March 18th, 2013
1:44 pm

This is who P.C. is promoting:

WHO IS FUNNELING $$$$$$ INTO THEIR CHARITY?

Brave New Films 501c4
Citizen Participation
10510 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Brave New Foundation 501 C 3
10510 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
ht tp://www.charityblossom.org/directory/CA/Culver-City/?page=3

ht tp://www.bravenewfoundation.org/about/who-we-are/
ht tp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Greenwald

Private Citizen

March 18th, 2013
2:11 pm

So truth, I post information from one of a hundred sources that all say the same thing, and suddenly I am “promoting” the one source? Here, I have a new term for you. “loose association: without clear logic and connections between one idea to the next.”

It is a serious matter that the state of Georgia is funnelling large amounts of money to United Health Group in the name of teacher health insurance, while meanwhile we do not have single payer health coverage for everyone in the state. It is a complete rip-off and like so many things in Georgia now, welcome to the haves and have-nots, the smooth rich people, and the neanderthal commoners.

Private Citizen

March 18th, 2013
2:13 pm

Truth, you’re a lost cause. The only “truth” you’ve got today is that you like companies exploiting people in the name of health care. You ought to be ashamed.

Private Citizen

March 18th, 2013
2:20 pm

liberalism is a mental disorder

March 19th, 2013
3:32 pm

SPLOST money to the bureaucrat is like crack cocaine to the addict- they want more and more and more. Vote NO and, for good measure, send your kid to private school.