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Contractors: learn how to work on HUD projects

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Cobb Community Development Block Grant Program staff will host “Contractor Training” 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16. This training is for general contractors working, or wishing to work, on HUD-funded projects, including housing rehab project in Cobb County. This hands-on clinic will provide participants with case studies and examples on topics relevant to project management and CDBG Program requirements.

The training will be held in the Learning Center on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. For more information, call 770-528-1455.

 

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Cobb County earns Triple AAA bond rating 19 years in a row

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Chairman Tim Lee announced this week that for the 19th consecutive year, Cobb County has once again received a triple AAA bond rating from Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.

Lee said, “As we are beginning to recover from some of the most difficult financial times of this generation, it is gratifying to know that the lean, efficient stewardship of Cobb County finances are recognized by the financial world.”

The AAA rating from Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch represent the highest ratings awarded by each of these agencies. Cobb County is one of 40 or so counties in the country to hold this prestigious designation. Congratulations to Jim Pehrson and his management team for their consistent hard work, implementation of conservative budgeting practices and for maintaining the triple AAA rating in these recent evaluations.

According to the reports, the ratings reflect Cobb County’s:

  • Strong economy;
  • Strong management, with “good” financial policies and practices;
  • Strong budgetary performance, with operating surpluses in the general fund and at the total governmental fund levels;
  • Very strong budgetary flexibility, with an available fund balance in fiscal 2014 of 19% of operating expenditures; and a
  • Very strong institutional framework.

The rating agencies carefully examined the County’s tax base, financial policies, debt burden and much more.  These AAA ratings are a sign that we are making wise, responsible and prudent spending decisions on behalf of Cobb County residents. They also distinguish the important benefits of Cobb County’s highly educated workforce, low unemployment rate and our ability to attract new business and expand the ones already located here.

The reaffirmation of these ratings recognizes Cobb’s tradition of maintaining long-term financial stability while efficiently funding services that enhance the quality of life of all Cobb residents. And, it could not come at a more appropriate time as we enter the early phases of the FY 2016 budget process.

“I understand that the preservation of this rating depends the Board of Commissioner’s support of continued budget discipline,” said Lee.  The Standard and Poor’s report speaks directly to Cobb County’s strong budget management, performance and flexibility. During the rating process, agencies review the County’s budget to ensure that:

  • Recurring expenditures are funded by recurring revenue;
  • The County is decreasing unfunded liability levels in the pension fund; and
  • There is a healthy reserve fund.

The budget Lee presented to the Board of Commissioners for consideration:

  • Meets all pension funding requirements and recommendations;
  • Maintains a 15% reserve fund; and
  • Relies solely on recurring revenue to fund services.

Most importantly, it decreases property taxes and maintains the Board’s unanimously supported commitment to carry out the multi-year plan to significantly enhance public safety.  The proposed $197 million investment in public safety represents 56 percent of the total general fund budget. This appropriation will put an additional 40 police officers in the community, double the number of annual police academies and support the implementation of 10-hour shifts, which results in better police coverage at peak hours.

The triple AAA ratings are a very strong vote of confidence in Cobb County financial practices and the proposed budget represents our commitment to maintaining this prestigious financial standing.   We are in an excellent position to move forward with our plans for improving and strengthening our economy in order to make Cobb County THE place to live, work and Play ball! Click here to view the proposed budget.

(Source: Newsletter of Chairman Tim Lee) 

 

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YOU MAKE THE NEWS

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This isn’t about us; it’s about you—the people of East Cobb County. Everybody has a story, and we want to hear yours. If you know of a person, group, or event that should be featured in the pages of or event that should be featured in the pages of the EAST COBBER for any reason, please call 770-640-7070 or e-mail editor@eastcobber.com to let us know.

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Property tax bills due Oct. 15

 

Property tax bills for 2015 have been mailed. This year’s due date is Thursday, Oct. 15. Payments received or U.S. postmarked after the due date will incur a 5 percent late penalty plus an additional 1 percent interest per month on the unpaid balance. Please visit the Understanding Your Tax Bill link for a detailed explanation of the 2015 tax bills.

Payments can be made online at www.cobbtax.org, by automated IVR at 1-866-PAY-COBB or by mail to: P.O. Box 100127, Marietta, GA 30061.  In person payments are accepted at the Property Tax office located at 736 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta, the East Cobb Government Service Center at 4400 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta and the South Cobb Government Service Center at 4700 Austell Road in Austell.  Payment drop boxes are located both inside and outside the Whitlock Avenue location, inside both government service centers and at the IBM Credit Union Branch at 100 Cherokee St., just off the Marietta Square.

All six of the cities in Cobb bill and collect their own property taxes. The Tax Commissioner’s Office bills and collects property taxes for the State of Georgia, the Cobb County Board of Education, Cobb County Government, Cumberland and Town Center CIDs, as well as the Cumberland and Six Flags Special Services Districts.

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Free seminar will share how to plan fall vegetable garden

 

UGA Cobb County Extension staff will host a seminar on “Planning the Fall Vegetable Garden” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18. Participants will learn what can be planted for fall crops, when to plant those crops and how to find the space in a garden still crowded with summer vegetables. The seminar will be held in the Cobb Water Training Lab, 662 South Cobb Drive, Marietta. The training lab is the smaller building at the back of the lot. The seminar is free, but please preregister by calling 770-528-4070.

 

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Who’s that on our August cover? Kitchen Design Korner!

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This month’s cover features the Kitchen Design Korner team: Ross Murphey, Contracting Specialist; Terrie O’Keefe, Design Specialist; Rosa Moreno, Design Specialist; and Janna Murphey, Office Manager. The KDK team is  featured in the newly remodeled kitchen of homeowners Illa and Mukund Abhyankar who graciously allowed KDK to feature this beautiful room — a favorite design of the KDK team.

Kitchen Design Korner knows that remodeling a home can be a daunting task. To help take the pressure off, they developed a simple motto that all of their staff live by: “to over-serve you: the client!” Their goal is to immediately put your mind at ease regarding the remodeling experience. KDK wants you to not only enjoy the outcome, but the  process of turning your dream ideas into cherished spaces.

Learn more about Kitchen Design Korner on page 6 of our August issue. Kitchen Design Korner is located at 4235 Merchants Walk Drive, Suite 110 in Marietta/East Cobb.

 

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Historic Homes of Roswell Open For Homeschoolers

 

The Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau and “A Southern Trilogy: The Historic Homes of Roswell” will host a Homeschool Day for homeschool students on Thursday, September 10, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation will feature an open house format during those hours and tours will be available.  In addition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will occur at all three homes so that students can experience life in the 1800s.  At Barrington Hall, students will be able to relive an escape on the Underground Railroad.  Bulloch Hall will feature “A Cherokee Experience—Walk the Trail of Tears,” and at Smith Plantation, students will experience a vegetable dig to learn how crops were grown and harvested.

“Interactive history is the best way to learn,” said Diane Stone, Group & Motorcoach Sales, with the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Parents of homeschool students are often looking for different ways to teach history as part of their required curriculum,” she said.

Prices through September 4 are $12 for adults and children; children under six are free.  After September 4 prices are $15 for adults and children; children under six are free.  Registration is required.  To register and for more information, visit www.visitroswellga.com or call 770-640-3253.

 

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Seeking East Cobb crafters and artists

 

Cobb County Extension office would like to invite local artisans and crafters to sell your wares at their artist’s market on Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8am-3pm.

The rental space is $25.00 to sell your crafts (i.e. jewelry, pottery, quilts, bird houses and other handmade items.) One table and 2 chairs will be provided. You may provide your own shade. Canopy’s should be 10 x10 or smaller. T

The craft fair will be held in the Cobb County Extension parking lot at 678 South Cobb Dr. Marietta GA 30060, 8am-3pm. To reserve a space send cash or check payable to Cobb 4-H Club. Sign up by September 30, 2015. Spaces are limited. To request a vendor application or if you have any questions call 770528-4070 or email Leah Wilson at: leah.wilson@cobbcounty.org.

 

 

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Reduced millage rate approved

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On Wednesday, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a reduced millage rate for 2015.

The millage went from 7.32 to 7.12, which is a 2.7 percent decrease, from the 2014 rate for the general fund.  A mill is one dollar of tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The millage rate for the Cumberland Special Service District was also reduced by .10.  Rates for debt and fire funds will remain the same. To end the fiscal year with a reduced millage rate is a positive sign.

A large thank you goes to Team Cobb for their hard work. As a result, the Board of Commissioners remain as enthusiastic as ever about the County’s momentum and future.

 

 

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