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County progresses toward brighter future

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During 2012, Cobb County brought in more than $54 million in investments, 1,700 jobs and 19 new business announcements, Chairman Tim Lee said during his Jan. 14 State of the County address at the Cobb Galleria.

Lee described these and other successes during the Cobb Chamber of Commerce event attended by an estimated 550 people. He discussed various achievements and progress made by county government during the past year, as well as future plans that include lowering the millage rate.alt

Economic achievements during 2012 included relocation and expansions by businesses such as Gas South, Home Depot and Pramac.

"In these competitive times, in this economy these projects do not land in our community by chance, it happens because we work together," he said. "We have a great community ‘product’ to market, and we need to keep our product competitive in order to continue this success."

Lee cited strategic partnerships between the State Department of Economic Development, Cobb County, its six cities, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and others as helping retain jobs and recruit new jobs and investments in Cobb.

For the 15th consecutive year, Cobb County has had "Triple A" ratings from the nation’s three top bond rating agencies. Likewise, the Cobb Water System has maintained "Triple A" bond ratings since 2001 – one of the few in the country to do so, Lee said.

Cobb County has the lowest millage rate, the smallest budget and lowest sales tax rate compared to other metro Atlanta counties, with services delivered by the fewest number of employees, he said.

"We have the highest level of committed government employees in the nation and I appreciate each and every one of them," Lee saidalt.

Those who would like to view the entire speech can find it on Cobb County’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/cobbcountygovt.

The Cobb County 2012 Annual Report is now available online also. It contains almost a dozen sections filled with informative details as well as up-to-date comparisons of the county millage rate, budget totals and sales tax with other metro counties. The entire report is available at Annual Report.

Tag law to impact future vehicle purchases, fees

The Georgia legislature recently made major changes regarding the taxation of motor vehicles.

• Starting March 1, the new one-time title ad valorem tax fee applies to all title transactions (new and used vehicle purchases, transfers, all transfers among family members, or vehicles new to the state) and eliminates payment of sales tax and annual ad valorem tax.

• If you purchased a vehicle after Jan. 1, 2012, but before March 1, 2013, you may have the option of paying annual ad valorem tax or a one-time title ad valorem tax fee. If choosing the one time title ad valorem tax fee you must opt in between March 1 and Dec. 31, 2013.

•Whether paying the one-time title ad valorem tax fee OR annual ad valorem tax, requirements for insurance, emission, driver’s license and the renewal of your tag by your expiration date remain the same.

• If you purchased a vehicle before 2012, you will remain on the current annual ad valorem tax system.
Cobb Tax Commissioner Gail Downing provides important information about these changes to tag and title laws in a video, which is available at 2013 Ad Valorem Tax Video.

When the new law goes into effect March 1, 2013, very high walk-in volumes and lengthy service wait times are anticipated. Avoid the lines by using pay by phone, online, drop or mail services. The Helpline team is ready to assist with questions. Call 770-528-8247 and press “0” to speak to a representative or visit our website at www.cobbtax.org.

High school students get cultural through program

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The Cobb County Board of Commissioners welcomed students from Duksoo High School in Seoul, South Korea, at the regular meeting Jan. 22.

The students visited Cobb County as part of the enrichment and cultural exchange program the county has with sister city Seongdong-Gu, a district in Seoul.

Since the sister city relationship began in 2007, local high school and college students have visited South Korea as part of the program, while students from Seongdong-Gu School District and Hanyang University have visited and studied in Cobb.

Free puppet museum passes here

Residents with valid Cobb County library cards can now get a pass worth up to four free admissions to the Center for Puppetry Arts museum in Atlanta.

The pass is available at any local branch of the Cobb County Library System. Parties with children must include at least one adult. The museum, which provides educational fun with more than 350 puppets from around the world, is open Tuesdays through Sundays with hours varying upon day and programming.

In addition to four free admissions, the ticket also entitles library patrons to attend a performance at the center and/or participate in a Create-a-Puppet Workshop at a 25 percent discount when space is available. Complete details are available online at www.puppet.org. For more information on the Passport to Puppetry, please visit www.cobbcat.org/puppets.

Fire engine given to help Sandy relief

The Board of Commissioners recently approved the donation of a surplused fire engine to the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department, which lost its equipment during Hurricane Sandy. After losing its fire engine, the New York department did not have an operating truck to respond to calls. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services made the donation in partnership with the state chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, a philanthropic organization to assist fire departments.

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