Cobb votes for SPLOST extension

Cobb County voters yesterday opted to continue a 1 percent special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) to support schools in the county.

According to county numbers, a whopping 73.9 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of the measure. Just 34,038 of the 444,676 registered voters — or 7.7 percent — voted in the special election.

The five-year extension of the tax is expected to bring in more than $797 million. It begins when the current SPLOST expires on Dec. 31, 2018.

In an unrelated election in Marietta, Kerry Minervini won the Marietta School Board Ward 6 special election, topping Patricia Echols. Minervini picked up 47.3 percent of the ballots cast.

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