Cobb Millage Rate Holds Steady, Avoids Consecutive Year Increase

Holding at 11.11 Mills, On Tuesday evening Cobb Commissioners voted to maintain Cobb’s property tax rate.

Continuing their trend, the two commissioners that voted no last year, maintained their vote of no and the final vote totaled 3-2 in favor of not raising the millage rate. Those commissioners voting no included Chairman Tim Lee, Helen Goreham and Woody Thompson, while Commissioner Bob Ott and JoAnn Birrell voted to raise the property tax rate.

After the meeting, Chairman Tim Lee had this to say about the decision, “We have reduced the size of government, we have placed money in reserves to help us in these uncertain times, we have added police and fire personnel to help enhance our public safety and we have a triple-AAA bond rating that says our budgeting philosophy is very stable and sustainable, therefore it required the millage rate remain the same.”

Also included in the action on Tuesday night and originally reported by the Marietta Daily Journal, were various other measures:

-Unanimously approved an $8 million contract with Baldwin Paving Company Inc. of Marietta for resurfacing streets across the county. The state’s Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant program will pay for $3.1 million of the project, with the 2011 SPLOST picking up the remaining $4.9 million. C.W. Matthews Contracting Company Inc. of Marietta had the second lowest bid at $8.2 million, with Stewart Brothers Inc. of Atlanta bidding third at $10.7 million.

-Unanimously approved contracts for renovations at the Cobb Animal Control facility. J.L. Brooks Construction of Powder Springs had the low bid of $36,452 for ceiling grid renovations, while Acousti Interior Contractors Inc. of Marietta bid $40,087 and Martin General Contracting Inc. of Dallas bid $40,793. On sprinkler renovations, Cliff’s Fire Extinguisher Co. Inc. of Woodstock bid $11,440, Delta Fire Protection Systems Inc. of Tucker bid $18,900 and Alliance Fire Protection Services Inc. of Loganville bid $27,069. The renovations are being paid with 2011 SPLOST funds.

-Unanimously appointed IT systems engineer Derrick Crump of west Cobb, who was nominated by Commissioner Woody Thompson, to fill a vacancy on the Keep Cobb Beautiful board.

-Unanimously approved the Vinings Vision plan and added its results to the county’s comprehensive plan.

-Unanimously approved the abandonment of Fairview Drive off Canton Road south of Piedmont Road after the county determined that the right-of-way serves no substantial public purpose.

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