Smyrna-Vinings Government News You Can Use
Vinings redrawn in a new congressional district; Cobb County commissioners to get first look at the 2012 budget.
Vinings would be included in a congressional district with Cherokee and Bartow counties under a draft map released Monday.
Today, Republican Rep. Tom Price represents Vinings as part of the 6th District. But the proposed change would put the community into the 11th Congressional District, which now includes parts of Smyrna and is represented by Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey.
The newly drawn lines would then dogleg into Buckhead to include the northern neighborhoods of that Atlanta community. Smyrna-Vinings Patch will have more on the proposed changes later Tuesday.
Also Tuesday, the Cobb County commissioners will get a first look at the 2012 budget during a work session this afternoon.
Chairman Tim Lee said Friday that the county's 2012 budget will be about $8 million less than the $317 million 2011 budget, the Marietta Daily Journal is reporting.
Lee also told the MDJ he does not expect any layoffs or furloughs of the county's 4,200 employees in the new budget year. Since May 1, county employees have been forced to take five unpaid days off to help balance the current year's budget.
The Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 last month in favor of raising taxes to make up a possible $33 million deficit in the 2012 fiscal year.
Commissioners Bob Ott and JoAnn Birrell voted against the proposal.
The county raised the rate from a total of 9.6 mills to 11.11 mills for the year that ends Sept. 30. Tax bills went out in mid-August.
On a $140,000 to $160,000 house, the increase averages $82.67 more per year. On a $190,000 to $210,000 home, the increase averages $111.66 per year.
At the board's regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting, commissioners are expected to award the $1.8 million "Alternatives Analysis" light-rail study to Croy Engineering as the project manager.
The study will examine what kinds of mass transportation will work on the Interstate 75 and U.S. 41 corridors, how much it will cost and where it should be built.
Cobb Transportation Director Faye DiMassimo said she expects the study will be done in 18 months. But that will be after voters in Cobb and other metro Atlanta counties vote on whether to pay a 1 percent sales tax for 10 years to finance transportation improvements.
The TSPLOST project list includes plans for a light-rail line from the Cumberland Mall area to MARTA's Arts Center Station.
Today’s meetings come a day after the commissioners joined the Cobb Board of Education for a lunch meeting with the county’s legislative delegation in Atlanta to discuss new county voting districts and the Transportation SPLOST. According to the Marietta Daily Journal, East Cobb school board member David Banks took a lot of heat during that meeting for pushing his own reapportionment map instead of working with the rest of the board on the map it approved.