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Cobb County SPLOST Action Alert!

by PV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8, 2014

Cobb County Taxpayers Association
3704 Tate Place
Austell, GA 30106

CONTACT: Lance Lamberton
(404) 925-8960

TAXPAYER GROUP TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO OPPOSE SPLOST

AUSTELL, Georgia – The Cobb Taxpayers Association (CTA) announced today that it will host its first organizational meeting to defeat the 2016 SPLOST which will be on this coming November 4th, 2014 General Election ballot for voter approval. The meeting will take place from 11 am to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the East Cobb Library, located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. Its purpose is to raise voter awareness of the upcoming vote to re-impose a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) on Cobb County residents and consumers. CTA has taken a position against the SPLOST and this meeting will serve as its launch for running a grassroots campaign to defeat it.

“A continuation of this tax, which is fraught with waste and open-ended items which would give the County a blank check to spend taxpayer money in whatever ways they see fit, is the wrong prescription for Cobb County,” said Lance Lamberton, President and founder of CTA. “On the contrary, the best approach towards economic recovery is to reduce the tax burden so that individuals and businesses will have more money to save, spend and invest in the private sector.”

If the measure is defeated, Cobb County’s sales tax would decline to 5%, making it the lowest sales tax in the region. Most counties in the Atlanta metro area have a sales tax rate of 7%. “This significantly reduced tax rate would be a boon to Cobb County residents and businesses, saving consumers hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over a six year period,” Lamberton said.

The meeting will consist of a Power Point presentation where CTA will make its case for the measure’s defeat, followed by providing attendees with ways that they can get involved in the campaign. The media and general public are cordially invited.

Representing hundreds of taxpayers throughout Cobb County, CTA was formed in 2005 to oppose passage of that year’s SPLOST, and has since been active in opposing subsequent SPLOSTS, including the 2012 Transportation SPLOST. It also supported passage of the Charter School Amendment, and is working for passage of a fractional SPLOST and other measures to reduce taxes, spending, and provide a more equitable and efficient tax system for all Georgians.

Under the organization’s by-laws that were adopted by its five member board in 2013, CTA was established to: Organize and inform voters of the benefits and advantages of reducing and/or limiting taxes and government spending; Inform the public about current issues and engage them in grass-roots activities designed to achieve the above-stated objective; Advocate and promote private sector solutions to public policy issues; Work constructively with elected officials to oppose or support legislation, ordinances and measures which support a more limited, transparent, and accountable government on the local, county and state level; and Focus only on taxation and government spending issues and engage its activities only to those which are directly related to the above-stated objectives.

For more information about CTA, go to: www.cobbtaxpayer.com# # #

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