Spending YOUR Money
||Voted to increase county spending to $743 MILLION for Fiscal Year 20141
||Voted to increase county spending to $765 MILLION for Fiscal Year 20152
||Voted to Voted to increase county spending to $789 MILLION for Fiscal Year 20163
||Voted to Voted to increase county spending to $858 MILLION for Fiscal Year 20174
||Voted to Voted to increase county spending to $890 MILLION for Fiscal Year 20185
Raising YOUR Taxes
||Voted to increase county property taxes to $275 MILLION for 20146
||Voted to increase county property taxes to $280 MILLION for 20157
||Voted to increase county property taxes to $292 MILLION for 20178
||Voted for $130 MILLION per year ‘OLOST’ sales tax hike9,10
Braves Stadium Boondoggle
||Voted to build the Braves Stadium on the backs of taxpayers after it was negotiated in secret11,12
||Voted to put taxpayers $368 MILLION in debt for the Braves stadium without voter approval13
||Voted to give the Braves a parking monopoly near the Stadium by outlawing private parking14,15
||Voted to condemn private property so that the government could use it to build the Braves Bridge16
||Voted to give the Braves an additional $14 MILLION for their road work near the stadium17,18
Tell Commissioner JoAnn Birrell what you think about her performance!
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 10 Sep 2013, Finance Item 10A
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 26 Aug 2014, Finance Item A
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 8 Sep 2015, Finance Item 8C
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 27 Sep 2016, Finance Item A
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 22 Sep 2017, Finance Item 8A
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 22 Jul 2014, Finance Item 16B
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 22 Jul 2015, Finance Item 2C
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 25 Jul 2017, Finance Item 7B
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 23 Jan 2018, Board of Commissioners Item 13A
- Jon Gargis, “Cobb commissioners to consider public safety referendum call,” Marietta Daily Journal, 19 Jan 2018
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 26 Nov 2013, County-wide Item 8B
- Dan Klepal, “Braves’ stunning secret simmered for months,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11 Nov 2013
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 27 May 2014, County Attorney Item 19A
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 23 Feb 2016, Community Dev. Item 6A, Code Section 78.406
- Liz Roscher, “Cobb County outlaws private parking at new Braves stadium,” Yahoo! Sports, 30 Jun 2016
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 22 Mar 2016, Consent Agenda Item 9D
- Minutes of Regular Meeting, Cobb County Board of Commissioners, 14 Mar 2017, County-wide Item 10A
- Liz Roscher, “Braves say Cobb County owes $14 million for new stadium transportation,” Yahoo! Sports, 25 Jan 2017
Georgia Taxpayers United surveyed each of the candidates for each State House and State Senate race. We ask candidates to give us a straight answer, “yes” or “no,” on issues that are important to our supporters. We gave each candidate until May 2nd to return their completed survey.
- Will you support legislation that will effectively nullify Obamacare?
- Will you support legislation to repeal the hospital bed tax and oppose all efforts to give revenue (taxing) authority to unelected bureaucrats?
- Will you support legislation to completely repeal the state income tax in Georgia including any and all State taxes on dividends and interest?
- Will you support legislation, including any necessary constitutional amendment(s), to completely repeal all property taxes in Georgia?
- Will you support legislation, including any necessary constitutional amendment(s), to repeal all ad valorem taxes on automobiles and all motor fuel taxes?
- Will you support legislation to completely repeal the Transportation Investment Act and to abolish the 12 regional commissions?
- Will you support legislation to completely repeal Georgia’s Internet tax scheme?
Key: = Yes, = No, = Yes and will sponsor, = Did not answer
Thanks to your phone calls and emails, the pro-tax hike politicians in Atlanta have started to feel the heat.
As a result, they put their plans to vote on the gas tax hike bill, H.B. 170, on hold.
But our fight isn’t over yet — they’re coming back to the Capitol today, and they could vote on the gas tax hike bill at any time.
And I am afraid many of the politicians are going to cave to pressure from special interests and vote for a tax hike if we don’t make our voices heard.
You see, the gas tax hike bill’s chief sponsor, Representative Jay Roberts, has been twisting arms and cutting deals to get his bill passed.
At the hearing last Thursday, Rep. Roberts even admitted that parts of H.B. 170 were unconstitutional!
Those sections of the bill were added to appeal to Democratic committee members.
That just shows how desperate he is to pass this gas tax hike and to what lengths he will go to buy votes from other state representatives.
Recently, supporters alerted us to a misleading “info graphic” published as propaganda in favor of the gas tax hike.
To counter this propaganda, we’ve created a corrected version of the graphic. Enjoy!
These state representatives are about to vote on a gasoline tax hike that will take an estimated $1 BILLION from Georgians like you.
Georgians already pay a whopping 26 cents per gallon at the pump, and now politicians at the Capitol in Atlanta want to raise those taxes even higher.
These politicians’ tax hike scheme even includes an automatic tax hike each year as vehicles get more fuel efficient. If this bill passes, you can forget any savings you might have gotten from buying a fuel efficient car!
Please contact these state representatives and send them a clear, polite, but firm message:
“No tax hikes for transportation! Vote “NO” on House Bill 170!”
Kelly Stewart and Brad Raffensperger both voted to raise property taxes in Johns Creek, and here is the proof. Continue reading
Even though he campaigns as a Republican, he’s been voting to raise taxes at the State Capitol in Atlanta for years.