Last week, I received an e-mail from Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair William “Bill” Edwards talking about this, that, and the other. In fact, when I first received the e-mail, I didn’t pay it any attention because Bill Edwards is forever inundating Fulton County residents with e-mail messages. However, an associate of mine highlighted something in the e-mail that I will address presently.
Remember, a few months ago, when I filed an ethics complaint against Commissioner Edwards alleging among many things that he had been improperly using his office to affect the outcome of the City of South Fulton referendum. Well, in an e-mail dated August 10th, Commissioner Edwards sent out a PDF file entitled “Sample Ballot”. At first glance, you’d think that something named “Sample Ballot” would be the sample ballot for the September 18th vote, but…
Instead, what the “Sample Ballot” file was, was literature subtly encouraging people to vote no.
Why do I say that it was subtle encouragement?
Because the flyer doesn’t explicitly tell you to vote no, what it says is…
Your NO vote means:
- South Fulton is the only unincorporated area left
- County dollars can only be spent in Unincorporated South Fulton
- Special Services District Millage Rate decreased to 5.659
- General Fund Millage Rate decreased to ZERO
- Keep Police – increased by $2.3 million
- Keep Fire – increased by $1.8 million
- Keep Parks – increased by $500,000
Now I could spend all day picking apart how factually incorrect this flyer is, but I won’t. What I will do, however, is point out that this flyer was sent out from a Fulton County e-mail address and included literature that could definitely influence the outcome of an election.
Am I the only one who thinks this is wrong?