Update from WRGA: The governments of Cave Spring, Floyd County and Rome have blessed the $63.8 million SPLOST package to go before voters in two months.
From Tuesday morning: Traditionally, campaign season used to begin Labor Day weekend. So much for tradition, especially as two special tax extensions — one for government, one for the city and county school systems — are on the ballot for all Rome, Cave Spring and Floyd County voters.
More than $125 million in proposals are on the ballot — $63.8 million for Rome, Cave Spring and county governments — and around $40 million for county schools priorities as well as close to $25 million in Rome City Schools’ projects.
The “Vote No SPLOST ” group has been out since the day after candidate qualifying ended for the separate City of Rome School Board and City Commission seats.
The “Vote Yes” group has been spotted at State Mutual Stadium (see above) and on other platforms as well. The State Ethics Commission shows that the Rome/Floyd Citizens for Progress is back in service as of Aug. 30 and the 2017 push will be co-chaired by Leanne Cook, senior director of marketing at Harbin Clinic, and Danny Price, an attorney for Berry College. Serving as treasurer is David Newby, who chaired the SPLOST committee this spring that assembled the $63.8 million, five-year tax that would go into effect April 1, 2019, is passed by voters. A Facebook page supporting the committee is up and running.
A push for “yes” votes also is under way on the extension of the education special tax. The Rome Floyd Citizens for Better Schools Committee has published www.betterschoolsforkids.com, supporting a tax package that would fund projects proposed by the Rome City and Floyd County boards of education. You’ll find a breakdown on the city and county projects; we’re trying to find the specific dollar totals (overall, city, county and per project). Website
The committee is co-chaired by Buster Young (Floyd County) and Rick Stevenson (Rome City). The treasurer is Randy Bowen.