The Tax Assessors and Tax Commissioner’s office submitted the tax digest to the Department of Revenue in July 2016. The 2016 tax digest was the highest digest in Cobb County history at $31.6 billion in property value. This digest also takes us back to “pre-recession” levels in the real estate market.
This accomplishment shows that the real estate market in Cobb County is strong and headed for more positive growth.
During 2016, the Community Development Agency saw a stabilization in the construction industry where we are now in the “new normal.” Single family building permits and commercial permits were consistent between 2015 and 2016. Film permits--an important industry for the state of Georgia--were also consistent, as we approved 36 permits for filming in unincorporated Cobb County. Zoning and variance cases saw a minor increase between 2015 and 2016.
Community Development staff worked with other county staff to implement a number of regulatory, policy and economic development initiatives in 2016. This includes:
- Working with the South Cobb Redevelopment Authority on implementation of the redevelopment bond
- Receiving a federal grant to assist Dobbins Air Reserve Base
- Creating a code enforcement education program
- Initiating an online submittal process for business licenses, sign permits and site plan reviews
- Updating the sign code to be in compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling
- Working diligently, in association with the Cobb County Fire Marshal’s Office, to review plans and inspect construction for SunTrust Park and the Battery Atlanta
A partnership among the Community Development Agency, County Attorney’s Office and Finance Department assisted the Board of Commissioners and South Cobb Redevelopment Authority in implementing the $10 million redevelopment bond for the Six Flags area. In 2016, the Magnolia Crossing apartment community was purchased and demolished. SCRA is working with the private sector to market the site for development opportunities.
The Planning Division was successful in obtaining a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment to implement a few items from the Dobbins Joint Land Use Study. The grant provides resources to hire a consultant to develop a 3D digital model that will allow partners to understand aerospace impacts of vertical obstructions on flight navigation around the Dobbins runways, develop a public education campaign and study the impact of light pollution on military preparedness.
Steady development activity has been occurring throughout the county. Community Development and Fire Marshall’s Office staff have diligently worked on the SunTrust Park and The Battery Atlanta project to review plans, inspect infrastructure, inspect construction and ensure all development occurring is in accordance with the appropriate building and safety codes. Staff has helped maintain an aggressive schedule on this important economic development initiative to be ready for the first pitch in April. The progress made in 2016 is a testament to the fine work and coordination between all parties to keep this project on schedule.
Each month, the Cobb County Purchasing Department conducts an analysis of bid prices to provide a comparison of prices obtained through competitive procurement practices. This process is performed to measure the savings achieved through competitive procurement practices, but is also an indicator of the teamwork and collaboration that occurs between purchasing and county departments.
During fiscal year 2016, the county achieved a savings of approximately $10,289,467 as a result of competitive purchasing.
In 2016, purchasing staff also successfully issued, publicly opened and participated in the evaluation and award of 177 formal solicitations, with a total awarded contract value of $138,469,476. No vendor protests were received during this period contesting the award of a contract.