Cobb County Government

Stepping is a synchronized dancelike performance that blends African folk traditions with popular culture. It involves clapping, body slapping, vocalizations and dramatic movements. Children in grades 6-12 are invited to learn how to step with the Cobb Police Athletic League, the Cool Kids Committee and Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.

Free stepping lessons will be held at 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday, starting Aug. 21, at Fair Oaks Recreation Center, 1465 West Booth Road Ext. SW, Marietta. Register now online at For more information, contact Alicia Hicks at

Vietnam veterans never received simple acknowledgment of their personal sacrifices to our country during the war. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners will host a Certificate of Honor and Lapel Pin Ceremony 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Cobb Civic Center. The ceremony will include presentation of the Defense Department's Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Lapel Pin and the State Certificate of Honor. If you are interested in being recognized, please complete the attached form and return with a copy of your DD 214 by Thursday, Aug. 16.

Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Vietnam War is eligible to receive this certificate and lapel pin. This includes veterans with service in-country and those who served in other capacities. Each certificate, signed by Gov. Nathan Deal and Georgia Department of Veterans Service Commissioner Mike Roby, is personalized with the veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official U.S. Department of Defense’s Vietnam War Commemorative Partner logo. Eligibility dates are those recognized by the Defense Department’s Vietnam War Commemoration Program Office: June 1, 1954 to May 15, 1975.

For more information about this event, contact GDVS Public Information at 404-656-5933.

Cobb Police Athletic League will host its fourth annual free baseball camp next month and registration is open now at The camp for 4-9 year olds will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 21, and the camp for 10-15 year olds will be held 6-8:30 p.m., Aug. 22. Both will take place at Clarkdale Park, Southwest Baseball Complex, 4905 Austell Powder Springs Road, Austell. For more information, contact Alicia Hicks at 770-499-3921.

The Summer Movie Series, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will conclude Thursday, July 26, with a free screening of "Coco" at the Art Place Mountain View. Pre-movie festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and include games, music and arts and crafts. The movie will start at dark. The Art Place is located at 3300 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.

If you voted a party ballot in the May Primary, you must vote the same party in the Runoff. If you did not vote in the Primary, you can still vote in the Runoff. Registered Cobb County voters can go to any advanced voting location:

Through July 20
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Location: Elections Office (West Park Government Center), 736 Whitlock Ave. NW, Marietta

July 16–20
Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

  • East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta 
  • South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton
  • West Cobb Senior Center (Lost Mountain Park), 4915 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs NOTE: different facility for Runoff     
  • NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road NW Kennesaw

For more information, call Cobb Elections at 770-528-2581. View your sample ballot at

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Marietta, GA -- Cobb County will soon advertise for its Fiscal Year 18 proposed millage rate as mandated by state law.  The advertisement requires the county to factor in a "roll-back" rate in its calculations that makes the increase appear much larger than it really is.

As noted by Cobb County Commission Chairman Mike Boyce, "Factoring in the rollback rate as well as ignoring the impact of the floating homestead exemption in Cobb County makes this one-size-fits-all formula truly confusing for residents."

Boyce created a video to further explain the situation which can be viewed on YouTube at

The floating homestead exemption, claimed by 52% of residential property owners, freezes the taxable value of a property when it comes to the county's general fund only.  The longer a homeowner owns the property, the larger the tax break.  In 2017 the tax break saved taxpayers but cost the general fund $23 million.  This year, the floating homestead exemption is projected to cost the county general fund more than $28 million.

"The state formula's calculation assumes the $28 million will go into the general fund," Boyce said.  "Which further skews the number to an unrealistically large percent in the advertisement."

Chairman Boyce is proposing a budget with a 1.7 mill increase.  That budget will allow the county to keep desired services open, hire more police officers, purchase more body and car cameras and begin the restoration of services lost during the recession.

Make plans to bring your family out for a special sneak peak of 94 acres of greenspace during the Kemp Park property preview day. It will be held 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, July 20, at 4331 Burnt Hickory Road, Marietta. Parking will be limited and proper walking attire is recommended.

The Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings on the county’s 2018 millage and proposed FY2019 budget. They will be held at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, and 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 25. All three hearings will be held in the BOC Room on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. The July 10 and 25 hearings will be held as part of the BOC's regular monthly meetings.

At the 1:30 p.m. work session on Monday, July 9, Chairman Mike Boyce will present to the Board of Commissioners a Fiscal Year 2019 budget he says will start the journey to restoring services cut during the recession and maintain the county's triple AAA rating. You have the chance to share your thoughts and input on the county's budget at the final town hall meeting 7 p.m., Monday, July 9. It will be held at Sewell Mill Library, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta.


2018 Tax Digest and 5 Year History

Notice of property tax increase

FY 2019 Proposed Budget Presentation

Cobb residents showed overwhelming support this past winter during the Cobb Police Department's "Giving the Gift of Warmth" coat drive. The Community Affairs Unit is calling everyone to rally for another great cause -- Book Bag-Palooza, which is an effort to gather as many book bags and school supplies as possible. Donations will be distributed to county students in need at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, which is only two months away.
Donations can include new book bags, paper, folders, pencils, crayons, glue sticks and markers. Any items that a student, from elementary to high school, would need to start the school year out prepared and ready to learn. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) at any of the Cobb precincts:

  • Precinct 1: 2380 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw
  • Precinct 2: 4700 Austell Road, Austell
  • Precinct 3: 1901 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta
  • Precinct 4: 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
  • Precinct 5: 4640 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
  • Headquarters: 140 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta

If a business or club collects a large amount of school items, one of the Community Affairs' officers will be happy to arrange pick up. For more information, call Sgt. Jeff Tatroe at 770-499-3981.