Tallapoosa voters will choose between incumbent Councilman Kendall Robinson and political newcomer Raymond Ballew for City Council Post 2 on Tuesday.
Attempts to reach Raymond Ballew for comment this week were unsuccessful. Robinson though made his priority if re-elected clear — jobs. Robinson has spent the last year working with Grow Haralson, a countywide program funded by donations that is working to improve Haralson County for residents, he said. He hopes to work with the program to build up the Interstate 20 corridor in Tallapoosa, Robinson said.
“We need jobs,” Robinson said. “Everything will feed off that.”
New industry brings new corporate taxes and new employees spending their earnings locally, Robinson said. That in turn can increase county and municipal incomes while relieving some of the tax burden from local residents, he said. Robinson is a local businessman who has owned William Robinson and Son, his convenience store in Tallapoosa, since the early 1990s, he said. He knows how business works and thinks he has a good handle on what prospective businesses might want from the city, because “I know what I’d like to have,” Robinson said. As a council member of 12 years, he also knows what support the city is able to provide to a business that settles in Tallapoosa.
Robinson has been working constantly, talking to prospective businesses and telling them what a great place Tallapoosa is to do business, he said.
As for the transportation special purpose local option sales tax that will also be on the ballot, Robinson said he is glad to see the question come before local voters. Road improvements are a perennial desire of residents, but money for paving is limited.
“I can see both sides of it,” he said. “Nobody likes to pay more taxes, but this is supposed to be set aside for roads.”
He believes as a sales tax, the T-SPLOST is “more or less a fair tax,” Robinson said.
“If you’re not spending money, you’re not paying the tax,” he added.
Municipal elections are on Tuesday.