As expected, the Cobb Board of Education on Wednesday adopted a resolution to call for a March 2013 referendum to extend the Education SPLOST.
But the job of selling voters on a $717 million school construction and maintenance project list figures to be a challenging one, given Cobb’s recent SPLOST track record.
The one-cent sales tax, if approved by voters, would begin in January 2014 and would be collected through December 2018.
But before the vote, representatives of a local taxpayers group and the Georgia Tea Party spoke out against a March referendum.
And the chairwoman of the school board’s SPLOST citizen oversight panel predicted that the finalized SPLOST IV “notebook” (see attached PDF) will fail at the polls.
The board voted only 4-1 to adopt the resolution, which sets a special election on March 19, 2013, and that will cost $300,000.
Board chairman Scott