Sad sigh :/
I’ve chosen who I’m going to vote for in the Aug 21 runoff for Cobb Chairman – and neither candidate makes me want to run to the polls. My choice is either the guy who’s consistently raised my taxes or the guy who will send Cobb backwards.
I will hold my nose and vote for Tim Lee. Yeah – that Tim Lee. The one in which there is video footage of me speaking at a public event saying, “I will turn my effort into making sure you’re not re-elected, Tim Lee.” …How did this happen??
As I’ve said many times, I’ll probably retire here in Cobb County. That means I have to look forward and choose the Cobb I want my babies raised in. I am NOT for tax increases, but I AM for a thriving community I’m proud to be a part of. After both research and first hand attendance at debates, I can’t vote for Bill Byrne. This is NOT going to make me popular with the Cobb GOP faithful, but it’s where I’m at after much consideration.
Going through my rich mahogany bound notebook that I keep in my purse to gather thoughts, I turned back to some pages from May 30th. I took eleven pages of handwritten notes at a candidate forum. Four men answered twelve questions, and I summarized each of their statements. I remember at the time my mouth actually gaped when he said, “Cobb County is a destination, not a feeder system. We need to reassess our growth pattern. How many more do we want to let in past our current 700k?” Um, a lot? You’re either growing or you’re dying – there’s not a middle ground.
As an engaged citizen, I simply can’t let Cobb County become the Dead Sea – stagnant and decaying from lack of fresh water. I want Cobb to progress. If there’s a good plan on the table, I will invest. Spend money to make money where it makes sense – where there’s a strategic and well thought out growth plan. It’s just the bad plans like TSPLOST (imo) that I’m against.
I was a freshman in high school when Bill Byrne was Chairman of Cobb, so admittedly I’ve had to do as much research as folks new to Cobb. Bill’s wacky Agenda 21 comments and Antigay Resolution aside (p.s. I love people of all walks too much for that horse manure plus it cost Cobb a spot on the Olympic torch path), I can’t overlook:
In the MDJ’s Voter Guide from July 2012:
Does Cobb offer too little, too much or the right amount of financial incentives to lure new jobs?
Cobb County offers too much for incentives to attract new business to Cobb. Cobb’s reputation will attract new jobs on it’s own and incentives for new businesses is a disadvantage to existing businesses already in Cobb.
We’re STILL in a recession. Turning off the spigot of job growth will be Cobb’s death knell.
As mentioned, I’m not overly excited to defaultly vote for Tim Lee. There’s a host of baggage in Tim’s truck too: a 16% property tax increase, which I noticed as I had to re-adjust my auto-pay amount on my home loan; support of the local Cobb SPLOST; raging support of TSPLOST; a $33M shortfall in the county budget; a raise in CCT fares; …it just goes on.
Tim Lee is impressionable no doubt. His one plus is that he won’t be combative with the Chamber, and we have a fighting shot of a cooperative relationship with the business community. You’re doing it wrong if you plan to be successful by poking the top bears with a hot poke. Bill Byrne said this a couple of weeks ago:
“All of those people have self serving interests, and they believe that Tim Lee can best serve their business interests by going the regional approach, and they clearly like the way he’s doing business,” Byrne said. “I am just the opposite. I’ve said this before, my opponents are far bigger than Tim Lee. They begin with the Governor, Gov. Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, you have the Speaker of the House David Ralston, you have our own Attorney General Sam Olens, and you have the Secretary of State (Brian Kemp). Those are the five most powerful Republicans in the state of Georgia, all proponents and fundraisers for the passage of this TSPLOST, and I’m their lone enemy in Cobb County. Then you add on to that the Chambers of Commerce plural, and the two CIDs, and all of the people you’ve just mentioned, which are all tied to those people or those groups, and the battle is between all of them and me. They know that if I prevail they’re all out, and there would be radical changes in the way Cobb County does business, and they will not be welcome, and they know it (my emphasis added), and this is a very, very major period of time for them, because as they see it their financial future is tied to this election.”
Bill Byrne might consider himself the enemy of all the men he mentioned – I am not. I’m for anything and anyone that will help me make my little slice of heaven a better place. Don’t take Cobb into war with you.
Bill knows how to get his supporters to the polls, so I encourage you to do your own research and implore other concerned residents to go vote on Aug 21. Let’s hopefully count this election as Tim’s and start looking at the next steps.
So, how do we elect Tim Lee yet keep his tax-friendly wings clipped like an early Spring gardenia?
Expand your view to see all the Cobb Commissioners: Lee (Chairman), Goreham, Ott, Birrell, and Thompson. The votes usually go Goreham/Thompson voting to expand government, Ott/Birrell to shrink government, and then Lee casting the third vote that has lead to steady tax increases. We need three votes making sane business decisions for the county.
Woody Thompson is the only Democrat on the Board – that vote is pretty set. Helen Goreham, however, is a Republican who steadily votes with Tim Lee’s tax increases. She’s up for re-election in 2014. Helen is pleasant to talk to, and I know her daughter through the YRs, but we’ve got to step back and take a look at the bigger long term picture of our county.
Someone please start considering a run for District 1 Commissioner.
Buh :/ It’s a rough day to be a Cobb Snob…