COUNTY EMPLOYEE MINIMUM WAGE: SETTING THE STANDARD I will advocate for a $15.00/hr minimum wage for county employees that will help set a standard for the wages of all workers in our county. We cannot wait for the federal level to pass legislation mandating a minimum wage. Setting the County Employee minimum wage will set a precedence for what we hope to see from the state legislature. This has been a reality for several cities and counties around the United States.
The Gender Pay Gap is something we must work together to fix. Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Bottoms passed an ordinance restricting employers to ask applicant’s salary history. We will follow her footsteps by the same practice, banning the salary box.
SPLOST ACCOUNTABILITY I will fight for public accountability and transparency of the County’s Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) so that the residents of our county can truly trust the decisions being made by the board of commissioners. In my attempt for an open records request of how the usage of the SPLOST is broken down in the County, one is only given how much is collected, but there is not a set measure on its usage.
TAXES As County Commissioners we must work to create a pathway to stabilize the millage rate.(Property Taxes) Stabilizing the millage rate will create trust and confidence in the county government.
EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS I will fight for District 4, so that the funds in the county are distributed with equity in order for our district to be a place of improvement, and not just a place of attractions. We are the home to Six Flags over Georgia and to Jim Miller Park, yet neighborhoods near these locations have not been receiving the appropriate help. Rather, we have witnessed the destruction of apartment homes, at the cost of improvements in our district.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE I will speak against backroom investments with developers and corporations that should never be approved without the approval of the people of Cobb County. As elected officials we are accountable to the community.
SUPPORT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS I will support local non-profit organizations that do important work that impacts our Cobb community. Recently, funding for grants given out to local non-profits were cut back. The county must understand that the benefit of giving to non-profits can create a more promising future for the people of the county. The Cobb County Government is not alone in finding solutions.