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Your Views: County officials cant spend our money wisely; why give more?
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If the new SPLOST doesn't pass, the blame can be laid at the feet of the elected officials in the city and county.

I've voted for the tax each time, but this year I'm undecided even at this late date. When you have people in office that can't manage their own finances, how can we expect them to use this new money responsibly?

After wasting millions with firing good county employees and a competent county attorney, then hiring higher-priced, out-of-town replacements, building the totally unnecessary Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, the Cool Springs disaster and several other bad judgment projects, why should we approve a new tax?

How do we know that most of the money will go to build much-needed schools? We could wind up with a bridge from downtown to Brenau.

With all the foolish spending by local, state and mostly federal government, voting yourself a tax increase is tough. I will vote for the tax, but will hold my nose, because this stinks.

Gene Cobb