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