Cobb sales tax proposal trimmed to four years

Cobb County officials whittled down a proposed sales tax extension to four years Wednesday evening, cutting two years off the original plan.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to put the proposed SPLOST extension before voters on a March 15 referendum.

The one-percent sales tax proposal began as a six-year extension, but a majority of commissioners and residents objected to the project list they said included too many wants instead of needs.

If approved by voters the four-year SPLOST collections, which are estimated at $492 million, would begin Jan. 1, 2012. The county's current six-year SPLOST ends Dec. 31, 2011.

Officials in Cobb's six cities will also have to revise their project lists to fit the new proposal before the commission vote on Tuesday.

For more information and to view the updated project list, visit