Cobb County holding special meeting to discuss new city proposals

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Cobb County commissioners are holding a specially called meeting Tuesday night to get up to speed on four cityhood proposals in Cobb.

They include East Cobb, Lost Mountain, Vinings and Mableton.

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All four cityhood referendums would need legislative approval to get on the ballot as early as May and all are currently working their way through the state Capitol.

Cobb County Commission Chairwoman Lisa Cupid said there is confusion and misinformation circulating about the cityhood proposals. She is pushing for any votes to get pushed back to November’s general election so the county has more time to study the impact on services and revenues.

“We needed to know what city services were being presented so we can take a proper response in assessing what the impact to the county would be,” Cupid said.

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Each city would be independent, and only East Cobb would create their own police and fire departments. The impact on taxes is still unknown, although the county’s website set up to answer citizen’s questions said this about potential revenue and costs:

“The county will see some reduction in expenses as the result of newly incorporated cities. However, it should be noted that any savings are not expected to be more than the loss of revenue to the county. This will, in all likelihood, not reduce the county’s general fund millage.”

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The full Cobb County commission meeting is online-only and can be viewed at their YouTube channel.

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