The campaign to get voters to renew Cherokee County’s Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in November was low key until last week, when someone reported a Woodstock code enforcement officer for removing “Vote No SPLOST” signs.
Former Woodstock Mayor Bill Dewrell, who is running the anti-SPLOST campaign, said he will try to swear out an arrest warrant on the unnamed city employee unless his anti-SPLOST signs are returned.
“For them to be able to take [the signs] down when their government is going to be affected by the vote, it looks really bad for them,” he said.
Campaign signs can be posted on private property with permission, but not on public property. Code enforcement officer duties include removing illegally placed signs.
Mayor Donnie Henriques said the overzealous officer was not targeting anti-SPLOST signs, but rather taking signs from every campaign.
“He was not being discriminatory . . . He was getting everybody he saw, on private property, public property, everything,” Henriques said. “He went a little overboard.”
Man, if I had some extra cash laying around, I’d send a few bucks to help replace those signs.