Friday, May 10, 2013
The 6th District Congressman will run to keep his House seat.
U.S. Rep. Tom Price, (R-Roswell), who represents East Cobb and Northeast Cobb in Congress, will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. He told The Marietta Daily Journal Friday he will be seeking re-election instead to his 6th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Our assessment at this point is the House is the battleground for politics in this country right now,” Price was quoted as telling the newspaper. “The president has identified it as the place where he wants to wage that battle, and he believes that taking the House is what will allow him to have an unfettered run at this agenda, and we’ve got to stop that.” Price has been one of the most vocal critics of Democratic President Barack Obama, and was considered a …
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
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 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 Kell, Lassiter, Sprayberry High School districts. Among the major projects slated for Northeast Cobb schools are the following: Two unspecified elementary school replacements, …
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…
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Tuesday's referendum is expected to be close as the sales tax extension gets a key endorsement.
With advance voting completed, all that remains for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum is Tuesday's final voting day. Voters will decide whether to continue to tax themselves one penny on the dollar for school construction and maintenance projects. The proposed collection period, which would begin Jan. 1, 2014 and conclude on Dec. 31, 2018, would generate $717.8 million for the Cobb County School District and $55.4 million for Marietta Public Schools. Supporters of the referendum say extending the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is the most affordable method to pay for needed capital projects. Opponents who held a rally on the Marietta Square last weekend believe the project list includes too many unnecessary projects …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Four additional locations will be open through Friday for the Cobb Education sales tax referendum.
Advance voting for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum is taking place at four satellite locations this week, in addition to the main Cobb Elections office. Satellite advance voting continues 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 …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Cobb Taxpayers Association is organizing Sunday's event at the Marietta Square.
Opponents of the 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 12-1 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 statement. “It is also…
Monday, February 25, 2013
In-person balloting on the Cobb school sales tax referendum is available at the main office; satellite voting starts March 11.
Advance voting for the Cobb Education SPLOST IV referendum begins today. The formal referendum date is March 19, but voters wishing to cast early ballots may so do at the Cobb Elections main office, 736 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Satellite advance voting takes place March 11-15 at the following locations: 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 experiencing some technical difficulty. The SPLOST IV referendum would collect $717 million in a one-cent sales tax …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Northeast Cobb commissioner is holding a fundraising event Thursday at Bay Breeze Restaurant.
Monday, February 18
District 3 Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell is holding a campaign fundraiser this week. The kickoff event is Thursday at the Bay Breeze Restaurant, 2418 Canton Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVPs must be made by calling 404-394-9601 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested contribution to attend is $100. Birrell, a Republican, first elected in 2010, is up for re-election in 2014.