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Hall County postpones SPLOST vote until March

POSTED: July 10, 2014 8:13 p.m.

Hall County has officially postponed a vote on a new round of special purpose local option sales tax until March.

Local government officials were set to approve an agreement on SPLOST VII in the coming weeks, with the Hall County Board of Commissioners scheduled to approve a resolution July 24 that would officially put the tax to a vote this fall.

Officials are still eyeing a July 1, 2015, date for the tax to take effect since the current SPLOST VI expires next year. The latest revenue projection for SPLOST VII, which would last five years, stands at $158 million.

Officials said they wanted to solicit more public feedback on what projects to fund through the 1 percent sales tax after turnout lagged at three public input meetings last month.



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5 comments
jgalt: July 10, 2014 8:30 p.m.

This is bull! They already said they didn't have the votes for it to pass. That is why they wanted to postpone it. They don't want you to vote!


ThatIsLife: July 10, 2014 10:03 p.m.

Mr. Gibbs we may not be able to vote you out this time but we sure aren't going to vote to give you any more money to spend freely. You can delay the vote until next year but you're not going to get any more support for another SPLOST.


PIRG: July 10, 2014 11:41 p.m.

Blaming it on a lack of public input? Any reason these commissioners don't see themselves as the obstacle? On the hills of a controversial budget adoption with the reassessments angered a lot of the community. The BOC gave serious consideration for not rolling the millage back at all for 1.4 million dollars. To even consider it is unforgivable after just a few years back three of the Board members didn't want to raise property taxes then so a lot of people lost their livelihood as other negative consequences happened. They haven't completed all the projects from SPLOST VI. Glades is still swallowing the money. At this rate the published 130 million dollar price tag for Glades will be well over budget. I believe the BOC will be obligating itself from some financial programs sponsored by the Gov. Of the proposed SPLOST VII categories, not one has been configured with what the project will cost the general fund once the project goes live. SPLOST want pay for any operational expenses of the completed projects. Then there is the recent debate about conserving energy where two of the commissioners couldn't even agree on the money to be saved. Thankfully, the BOC rejected the proposal, but it still cost $100,000 for the rejection. How did the BOC gets themselves into this kind of position? To top it all off, none of the projects in this energy debate made it to the table for consideration with SPLOST VII Since the BOC is blaming a lack of input, where there any public hearing dates set? Mr Wanngeman, GCC, was right. Come March, vote no.


Publius: July 11, 2014 11:12 a.m.

I think all the comments have valid points. IMO, by delaying the vote until March, they are banking (literally) on the apathy of the normal, non-general election voter and turnout in hope that fewer people will get to the polls to vote no. The chances of passing another 'money spLOST' is much greater if the voter turnout is 4-5 thousand vs. 60-65 thousand in a general election.

Never underestimate the apathy and lethargy of the average voter nor the lust of money and power by the average politician.


PIRG: July 11, 2014 3:50 p.m.

Publius

Banking on that public apathy shows a disturbing calculation on the part of the BOC. That is manipulation. If the BOC continues with the manipulation that shows very little respect for the voter. Mr. Lutz is leaving us, but he will be back in another run for office somewhere so lets keep this manipulation in mind. Mr. Mecum is to busy protecting the interest of the SO to be an effective leader for the county. He needs to be voted out. With Mr. Powell, I rest my case, he needs to be voted out as well. With Mr. Stowe, I have seen some independence with him and the BOC so I will reserve judgment on him. With Mr. Gibbs, unfortunately another four years. With this new commissioner replacing Mr. Lutz, she has been very quiet about SPLOST or this newly adopted budget. Maybe the Times can interview her and see where she stands. It would be interesting to see if she has any independent thoughts other than some politically correct answer.



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