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Taxes, TSPLOST On Candidates' Minds

The three Republicans challenging Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee took issue with his stances on both at Wednesday's forum in East Cobb.

For the , the four Republicans running for Cobb Commission Chairman sounded off on what appears to be the most pressing issues during their two-month primary campaign -- property tax increases and the upcoming TSPLOST regional transportation referendum

In a Wednesday forum at the  sponsored by the East Cobb Civic Association, the three challengers to incumbent Tim Lee all took aim at his vote last year to raise the county millage rate. They also questioned his general support for the TSPLOST referendum, which is included on the July 31 primary ballot. 

Former chairman Bill Byrne, Mike Boyce and Larry Savage, who ran against Lee in 2010 in the Republican race to succeed Sam Olens, all said the property tax increase was an affront to Republican values. 

Lee defended his vote as fiscally necessary given Cobb's economic situation and suggested that "no is not an option. No is moving backward."

There are no Democrats who qualified to run for commission chairman. 

Also invited to the forum was District 2 commissioner Bob Ott, a Republican nearing the end of his first term. He is unopposed in the primary and the general election and will continue serving East and Southeast Cobb. 

The candidates were asked about a variety of other issues in written questions from the audience, including possible future budget cuts, solutions for Cobb's aging senior population, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce's role with county government and cooperative efforts with other metro Atlanta jurisdictions. 

More on those topics and others from The Marietta Daily Journal

Do you think taxes and TSPLOST are the biggest issues for Cobb County right now? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

Brian May 31, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Typical non-progressive redneck politics. When will they realize that Cobb County is no longer the deep South and we want services like rail transit to help us build the economy and liveable centers and transit-oriented development? The redneck-style suburb is a dinosaur but unfortunately these guys haven't grown with the times. T-SPLOST will be a SALES TAX funded transit investment. It's clear these guys either don't know what they are talking about (not likely) or don't want to see their suburban back yard turn into a viable healthy city. They need to get out and move to Paulding County. Cobb is not the place for them anymore. To add to that, Cumberland and the county as a whole is being left behind by Buckhead and the Perimeter. The lack of rail factors into the equation since some business will not relocate unless they have rail transit to the airport. The multinational company I work for is one example. Why is it that when you go across the Chattahoochee River from Vinings to the Paces neighborhood in Buckhead, you see a huge jump in comparable home prices? The neighborhoods are almost identical and arguments could be made that Vinings has more amenities (plus lower taxes). Both have an Atlanta address. So why do they choose Buckhead? It's because Buckhead has done things right, run by cultured people. These backcountry hicks like the ones running right now don't know what they are doing. They think a strip mall is progress. NO MORE STRIP MALLS!
Margie Spencer June 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Can we really trust the GDOT propaganda machine? Will the projects be done in ten years or will we be forced to renew the tax? Shouldn’t GDOT have to earn our trust before we give them an additional eight billion dollars? Some will say it’s better than doing nothing, but I would rather do nothing than give hard earned money to a proven failure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOI_exUO2-s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfiuVHxJJhY&feature=related

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