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Tagged With: Cobb

Cobb County Civic Coalition Minor Modifications Presentation now Online

The Cobb County Civic Coalition made a presentation at the March 25th Cobb BOC meeting during the Public Comment Section about problems with “Minor Modifications” and how one Minor Modification has cost the County over $1 Million. The County now has the presentation online at Tab 3:  

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Braves Oust Turtles and Drain Retention Pond

From their video online, it looks like the Braves have already drained a man-made stormwater retention pond on the property they recently purchased in Cobb.  There is no mention of what stormwater measures they are implementing on the property so that they don’t flood their neighbors.  Maybe Cobb will just allow them to do a Fee-in-Lieu of … Continue reading »

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Cobb’s Fee in Lieu of Detention Program has the County Gasping for Air

Minor Modifications Part III While researching Minor Modifications and their abuses in Cobb County, I stumbled upon yet another program that I believe is majorly flawed and harming the taxpayers.  That program is called “Fee in Lieu of Detention”.  This is the type of Minor Modification that Cobb used in the previous example of Z-128 from … Continue reading »

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A Timeline for Disaster

Minor Modifications Part II One of the specific cases of abuse of the Minor Modification process the Cobb County Civic Coalition investigated was Z-128 from 2005.  I have put together a timeline of events that I uncovered from online research and numerous open records requests: June 2, 2005 – Zoning Application submitted to the County for … Continue reading »

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One Cobb Minor Modification cost taxpayers over $1 Million

Minor Modifications Part I The Cobb County Civic Coalition (CCCC) has been urging Cobb County for several years to change its process for Minor Modifications.  Their primary concerns with minor modifications in Cobb include: Occur AFTER the public hearing and BOC Final Zoning Decision No Public Notification No Public Input No Public Disclosure Before or … Continue reading »

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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Four Cobb Commissioners

The following Ethics Complaint was filed on Friday, March 7th: ETHICS COMPLAINT    –  Members of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners The following material is presented as a sworn statement in the complaint against Tim Lee, Chairman, Helen Goreham, District 1 Commissioner, Bob Ott, District 2 Commissioner, and Joann Birrell, District 3 Commissioner, all of … Continue reading »

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Cobb’s New Braves Tax District to Tax Personal Property along with Real Property

Businesses in Cobb County that find themselves in the new “Cumberland Special Services District II” may get an even bigger surprise come September when they get their tax bills.  Not only will the new Braves Stadium tax subsidy increase real property tax bills, it will also increase personal property tax bills. This new tax was … Continue reading »

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OPT-OUT of having Cobb EMC “Round Up” your money

If you are like me, you probably missed the Cobb EMC Operation Round Up insert in your recent bill.  Most of us throw away these junk inserts that come in our monthly bill without giving it much thought. The rest of us get ebills and simply look at the amount owed, due date and make … Continue reading »

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What is Cobb trying to spend $368,000 on now?

It looks like Cobb is looking at spending $368,000 to package their Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) to the public. I don’t believe Cobb should excessively spend taxpayer funds to educate, inform, or sell the public its programs. Check out our friends over at CobbHomeowner.org. They have been looking into this outrageous plan and even have … Continue reading »

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Cobb could save billion on buses by dodging BRT

By Ron Sifen Does Cobb County need to figure out how to spend $1 billion? Or should Cobb opt for a $2 million alternative, and save taxpayers the other $998 million?  When government spends money, taxpayers need to ask some questions.

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Cobb Elected Officials Want a Pay Raise, but Residents Only See an INCREASE in TAXES

While Cobb County residents just saw a pay cut thanks to the payroll tax increase, Chairman Lee is considering asking the state legislature for a pay raise for Cobb elected officials. This pay raise would not apply to the state legislators, but would apply to County officials including, but not limited to, the Chairman, Commissioners, … Continue reading »

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Cobb Delegation

Below is a list of the Cobb Delegation and their contact information as of January 2013: Cobb State Senators: Senator Hunter Hill (R-6) (404) 463-2518 hunter.hill@senate.ga.gov Senator Barry Loudermilk (R-14) (404) 656-0034 barry.loudermilk@senate.ga.gov Senator Judson Hill (R-32) (404) 656-0150 judson@judsonhill.com judson.hill@senate.ga.gov Senator Steve Thompson (D-33) (404) 656-0083 steve.thompson@senate.ga.gov Senator Lindsey Tippins (R-37) (404) 657-0406 lindsey.tippins@senate.ga.gov … Continue reading »

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With TSPLOST in rearview mirror, it’s time for ‘Plan B’

By Ron Sifen The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has produced an outstanding “Plan B” transportation plan. It was developed by transportation professionals to cost-effectively address our real transportation needs. One of the major reasons why the TSPLOST failed is because many voters understood that the projects list squandered most of the money on projects that … Continue reading »

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Surprise: Penalty is ZERO for TSPLOST failure

By Ron Sifen Most people agree that one of the reasons that the TSPLOST failed was because government lost the trust of voters. TSPLOST supporters want to believe that all of the distrust is only because of the Ga. 400 toll debacle. They refuse to admit that voters figured out that most of the money … Continue reading »

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Cobb plan for $3 million study in wake of TSPLOST loss is just plain wrong

By Ron Sifen Voters in Cobb County and the entire Atlanta region have spoken and delivered the following clear message.  It is not the job of government to invent boondoggles on which to spend our money, and then increase our taxes to pay for boondoggles. Many groups did a great job of putting together factual … Continue reading »

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