They said it couldn’t be done. And yet through the power of the grass roots, WE WON! We stopped the big spenders from raising our millage rate by a narrow vote of 3 to 2 on Tuesday
night by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. And yet even this victory was only accomplished by overwhelming popular opposition. Apparently the spending interests were caught sleeping at the switch.
However, this is but a skirmish in the bigger fight to reduce our taxes and bring true fiscal responsibility to Cobb County Government.
In passing the vote to defeat the tax increase, the big spenders, specifically Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioner Lisa Cupid, have set the table for bigger increases in our taxes going forward. Their common refrain was that refusing to increase our taxes, in the face of record revenues due to increased property tax assessments, was an example of “kicking the can down the road.” Don’t you believe it.
On the contrary, where are they looking to reduce waste, duplication and overspending by County government? They have no answer because they are content to maintain the status quo. It’s time for Cupid and Boyce to a.) think outside the box; b.) avoid the easy expedient that if a service already exists then it needs continual support by taxpayers; and c.) stop looking for ways to add expensive new services that we neither need or want in an ongoing effort to curry favor with entrenched spending interests.
In the weeks and months to come, we will offer concrete suggestions to curtail spending and taxes by making government more efficient and eliminating programs and services that exist outside the legitimate purview of government. In this regard, we welcome your suggestions.
In the meantime, please write to those Commissioners who voted against the tax increase, and thank them for their vote on behalf of the taxpayer. They are:
Finally, the Cobb Taxpayers Association (CTA) wants to give a shout out to Americans for Prosperity and Georgia Taxpayers United for their tireless grassroots efforts to defeat this tax increase. Quite frankly, CTA played a relatively minor role, so our hats are off to these outstanding, public spirited organizations.
Lance Lamberton, Chairman
Cobb Taxpayers Association