Cobb Taxpayers Association

3704 Tate Place

Austell, GA 30106



CONTACT: 404-925-8960                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2024





CPA and tax accountant, Phil Bailey, has recently been named secretary-treasurer of the Cobb Taxpayers Association (CTA). In this role he will be a voting member of the organization’s Board of Directors, and will join a Board which includes Lance Lamberton as the founder and chairman, Jim Astuto as Vice Chairman, and Bill Byrne as an at-large member, with the latter being the former Chairman of Cobb’s Board of Commissioners.

“Mr. Bailey joins CTA at a critical time, with the County facing the largest tax increase in its history” said Lamberton, who is referring to the thirty year, one percent sales tax increase proposal to expand mass transit in the County. Taxpayers will be asked to vote on the measure on the November 2024 general election ballot. If passed, it is expected to raise $11 billion during its thirty year duration, with most of the money coming from the sales tax levy, and the rest in state and federal funds. The average household in Cobb would see their tax burden increase by hundreds of dollars a year, and several thousand over the thirty year period.

Mr. Bailey has been a practicing CPA and tax accountant in Cobb County since 1990, and has helped hundreds of clients navigate the increasingly complex process of filing state and federal income tax returns. He received his graduate degree from Kennesaw State, his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and began his practice as a sole practitioner in Marietta.

“To defeat the transit tax, CTA and its coalition partners will need to raise funds for its campaign, and I can think of no better person than Phil Bailey to make sure that all our reporting documents are accurate and filed in a timely manner with the State of Georgia,” Lamberton said.

The Cobb Taxpayers Association was established in 2005 to represent the interests of Cobb County taxpayers by promoting fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and less government spending.

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