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SPLOST Advance Voting Starts Today

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:

  • South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Rd., Marietta; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Northstar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW, Kennesaw; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Boots Ward Recreation Center, Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway,
    Powder Springs; Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Cobb Elections Main Office, 736 Whitlock Ave., (West Park Government Center) Marietta; Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018, and would fund Cobb County School District school construction and maintenance projects.

For Marietta City Schools, the tax collected would amount to $55.4 million over the same period.

Every school in the Cobb County and Marietta City School system is slated for improvements, but dollar figures vary based on needs determined school district staff and approved for the project list by each school board.

The current SPLOST III collection period ends on Dec. 31, 2013.

Among the proposed Cobb SPLOST IV projects that would be funded are the following:

  • Nearly $40 million in the construction of a new fine arts center, gymnasium and classroom addition at Walton High School;
  • $30 million to replace Osborne High School;
  • $30 million for an East Cobb-area replacement middle school;
  • $30 million for a career academy;
  • $23 million each for two replacement elementary schools.

Please see the attached PDF for the entire SPLOST IV project list for details.

There's also more information on the CCSD's SPLOST IV resource page, including PDF brochures of each high school district and its feeder schools.

See the MCS SPLOST resource page for more information.

userbronco February 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Wonder how much it's costing the county to hold this special election? Any patch reporters wanna find that out? And why didn't they just include it in the November ballot? Could it be that the know it wouldn't pass in november ? That it will only pass if it's on a day that mostly supporters will show up to vote? Oh and only an idiot would vote for a tax increase Geeze the govt takes enough $$ already.
Claudette Parker February 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Great questions, I wish we could get responses to them. Put a face to the ones that cost the taxpayer extra dollars, that we can't afford.
Larry King February 25, 2013 at 01:29 PM
I am not sure if the term "increase' fits. I think this just may be a "contunuation" of an existing one-cent tax.
Marky Mark February 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I believe it is a continuation...however, my tax dollars do not need to fund anything to do with "arts". NO.
Keith Cordell February 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Actually with the cuts to education at the state level and lower tax income from property, the schools need this to keep our kids on a level with the rest of the country, let alone the world. If you're gonna bash the government for spending cuts, be willing to prop up your local schools. The last thing we need is to get even further down the list for education.
Plank February 25, 2013 at 07:16 PM
I wish people would understand that the SPLOST would be a continuation of a penny tax we've had for more than 10 years, in a county where we still -- even with this penny tacked on for 10 years -- have managed to maintain the absurdly low taxes we do pay. It's not like we're hurting for it, and these improvements will keep pushing us ahead in the quality of our public education. As for it helping the arts? We're blessed to have children that have proven time and time again that they're some of the most talented Fine Arts and Athletic students in the state and nation. Why shouldn't we give them ALL they can to be the best they can be? Not everyone will be a scientist or an accountant; some may be a coach, or musician. With high quality facilities, the possibilities are endless.
sam hicks February 25, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Kieth is right, we don't need to " Dumb Down " kids any further by not spending or educating them which incudes the arts. Many countries that are ahead of us do not dare not putting forth the necessary funds to educate their children.
Leo Smith February 25, 2013 at 07:39 PM
The e-splost should be voted down. It is counter-productive to improving learning initiatives to do anything else. It does not address classroom learning or improving teacher compensation. The project list is ill developed. There are many promises made that just don't develop. Facts can be had just my comparing previous splost docs with current proposals and reconciling with site visits. We need to vote this down and get more reporting, accountability, and inclusion of marginalized communities in South and West Cobb. We also need to address the real issue that bricks and mortar does not make a better school. Finally, Cobb influencers should examine the patterns of policy developing and BE VERY CONCERNED about the tax and spend culture invading our system. Continuing special taxes beyond schedule are no more a good option than cutting spending and/or changing the laws restricting "in the classroom" funding for teaching and learning in better support of teachers. Education supporters want to see more funding for accountable teacher excellence. Our efforts should reflect our priorities. If teachers, teaching and learning, and student achievement are priorities, shouldn't the emphasis be there with lobbying and policy debate? But in the midst of arguments to support teachers, we get requests for spending on buildings. Bottom line - This Ed SPLOST proposal screams that our priorities are out of balance. Give us in South, West, & East Cobb we can vote for: A Difference.
Frank Millen February 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM
The best thing about SPLOST is that EVERYONE who buys something pays the tab. Without splost then only property owners would be feeding the pot. This would lead to having to raise the property taxes to meet the need to build and maintain the school buildings.
electric123 February 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Georgia is the worst state I have lived in for taxation, and I vote DOWN ANY SPLOST IF THE HOMEOWNERS GET STUCK WITH BILL REVOLT DON'T PAY YOUR TAXES! FILE LAWSUITS AGAINST SPLOST! DON'T SIT THEIR AND WINE ABOUT IT.
Frank February 26, 2013 at 05:53 PM
@ userbronco Cost - Approximately $350,000 in Mar. Approximately $330,000 in Nov. With Mar. election, if SPLOST passes, major construction projects can begin during the summer of 2014. Otherwise, the summer of 2015 is the earliest major projects would begin. ESPLOST passage rates are actually 3% greater in Nov. elections than Mar. elections.
Frank February 26, 2013 at 05:55 PM
You are correct... Your current Cobb County Sales tax is 6%. If SPLOST passes, your sales tax remains 6%. If SPLOST does not pass, your sales tax rate will fall by 1%.
Frank February 26, 2013 at 05:57 PM
SPLOST is a sales tax, not a property (i.e.homeowners') tax.
userbronco February 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM
How can it cost $330K to add one question on a ballot? Verses paying to hold an entire election with one question? I fully admit that Cobb schools are far better than Fulton dekalb and Clayton But that's not saying a whole lot Still a lot of waste. They have almost as many administrators as they have teachers
userbronco February 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM
I Dont care what kind of tax you call it I refuse to vote for any more of an increase unless they do vouchers and let parents have a choice of which school their child is allowed to attend Stinking greedy govt already gets over 50% of my income 16% social security, 22% fed income, 6% state income 7% sales, and that doesn't count $2700 a year property tax gas tax auto tax tax on the phone bill tax on this tax on that etc Especially just after the last splost for the silly pet highway projects. And with the current splost road waste $4million to build unwanted and unneeded medians in Smyrna??
Brian February 28, 2013 at 07:28 AM
I'll vote for this for OUR KIDS, but you horrible board members better stop messing up, spending our money at conferences, packing the schools more, etc. Hopefully what happened to the Dekalb board is a message to you.

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