Cobb residents head to polls on SPLOST vote - FOX 13 News

Cobb residents head to polls on SPLOST vote

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. -

Voters in Cobb County head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to renew a 1 percent sales tax that would create revenue for educational purposes.

There are 153 polling places open for the special SPLOST election. It has been a divisive issue in Cobb County, and residents will finally learn whether or not the tax will be extended for the next five years.

SPLOST stands for Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. It's a one cent tax on all consumer goods. Revenues from the tax must be spent on school-related capital improvements, like replacing some of the oldest school buildings and maintenance of others.
    
The tax is expected to bring in more than $750 million. Those who support the tax point to all that has been accomplished with past SPLOST tax revenue.

"We look at what SPLOST has done over the last 14 plus years, building 22 new schools, 2300 new classrooms, has cleared away over 550 portable classroom trailers that are gone. And they've done this by having the school district being 100% debt free," said SPLOST supporter John Loud.
    
Opponents of the tax are very well organized as well. They even held a rally recently to voice their opposition. They say the county should be reducing taxes and wasteful government spending.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Voter turnout is usually pretty low in special elections like this one. So, whichever way this vote goes, it will likely be by a very close margin.

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