Anti-SPLOST signs stolen in Cherokee

These guys should pick up some of Brett Harrell’s Sign Thief Repellent:

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.


  1. Jeff says:

    Yeah, wish I had the cash to get some similar signs going down here in Lee County, where our local “leaders” like to talk of “education” of how “important” SPLOST is.

    What they don’t seem to realize is that for at least some of these projects – such as the City of Leesburg’s big one, renovation of a run-down “historic” train depot – if it were TRULY important, they could raise the money privately from those who felt as they do. That they apparently cannot shows that very few actually feel the issue is important.

    When local governments begin to show that they can actually manage their money wisely, I MAY begin to support SPLOST. So far, I’ve yet to find a local government I’ve had experience with that can do so.

    • KingWulfgar says:

      I agree with you 100%, Jeff. I’ve said almost exactly what you said in your closing paragraph to a number of rabid SPLOSTers, but they just don’t get it. All they do is channel Helen Lovejoy from The Simpsons, “Please think of the children!”

  2. Three Jack says:

    cherokee commissioners moved this vote up a year in order to avoid having 3 splosts on the same ballot in 2011: county, school and possibly a transportation tax. i hope all three fail and the anti-property rights nuts running that county end up with the huge property tax increase they deserve.

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