I've got a couple of problems with your argument.Only in St. Marys do people advocate tearing down a landmark and destroying what has been the picture post card face of our city to adhere to a Tea Party covenant. This should prove to residents these people care nothing for our community or its history or heritage. Small town terrorists. Is this really who we want to entrust the future of our city to. I would hope that our problems could be solved by intelligent solutions and fiscal conservative individuals who have a sensable approach to move our city into the future.
1. Other than Jay Moreno, I haven't seen anyone advocate tearing down Orange Hall.
2. Looking at the list of proposed projects, I don't see any funding for Orange Hall restoration. I have seen estimates that it would require $5 million or more to do what the foundation wants done. If St. Marys is planning on spending that much on Orange Hall restoration with SPLOST 7 funds, that should be disclosed, and let the voters decide.
3. SPLOST is not a slush fund. The original intent was to fund infrastructure improvements like courthouses, jails, roads, etc. with a temporary tax that would not burden taxpayers in the future with bond indebtedness. We've got some big infrastructure improvements looming on the horizon at the county level, and if we agree to the current method of dividing up the revenue from the tax, we'll be locked in for the next 6 years, at least.