The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb school board defers vote to approve extra tax

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The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb school board defers vote to approve extra tax

MARIETTA — The Cobb Board of Education refused to stamp its approval on a newly proposed education tax Wednesday, deferring the action until its next board meeting.

The board was split during a discussion of the Local Education Sales Tax, a one-cent tax that would join the education SPLOST in funding schools in Cobb County, raising the sales tax to 7 cents on the dollar.

Board member David Banks asked that the Rev. John Crooks, a minister at Roswell Street Baptist Church who came up with the idea, to be allowed to explain it.

When board Chairman Randy Scamihorn declined his request, Banks pulled out a prepared statement, pleading with board members to sign a letter endorsing the tax that would be sent to various state organizations.

“We cannot continue to kick the can down the road and place our educational excellence in jeopardy,” Banks said.

The Georgia School Boards Association will not take a stance on the issue until it receives a document with the Cobb school board’s approval, Banks said.

A heated debate ensued, with board member Kathleen Angelucci and Tim Stultz strongly opposing the measure, and board members Brad Wheeler, Scott Sweeney and Banks in support of signing the letter. Scamihorn served as a moderator, repeatedly stopping board members from interrupting each other. Board member David Morgan left the meeting, citing a familial obligation

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Cobb school board defers vote to approve extra tax.

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