SPLOST not being used for its purpose
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was designed and intended as a rare funding mechanism for special projects that may arise every decade or so, such as expanding water and sewer systems or building new roads.
Unfortunately, in Polk County, the SPLOST has been transformed into a system of shifting more and more items from the regular budgeting process to the SPLOST mechanism for which it was never intended. This practice has resulted in treating the SPLOST as a super credit card for which the payments are made by the taxpayers.
To argue that it is, in fact, taxpayers that ultimately approve a SPLOST one has to consider that Polk County SPLOST promoters, whether the school system or local governments, take particular care to put these repeated SPLOST initiatives on off year elections, never on Presidential elections where most people turn out.
The ease of passing these SPLOSTS in off elections has tempted our local governments to load up these SPLOST initiatives with a wide array of goods, from furniture to computers to new vehicles.
This is the third county wide non-school SPLOST in the last ten years. That is not special purpose, that is over spending.