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Town halls on county budget begin; view interactive presentation

The Board of Commissioners is tasked with figuring out how the county can continue to provide the level of services our ever-growing population has come to expect. To help you understand this process, county staff put together an in-depth look at the factors and decisions that led to the challenging conditions facing Cobb's FY19 budget. Review the "Cobb's Budget Journey: How we got here" informative story map by clicking here. The presentation also includes a video to help you understand your property tax bill and a tool to calculate how different millage rates will impact your general fund property tax bill.

Chairman Mike Boyce is seeking your input on Cobb's budget through a series of town hall meetings throughout the county:

  • 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 19
    North Cobb Senior Center
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 20
    Senior Wellness Center
  • 7 p.m., Monday, June 25
    Freeman Poole Senior Center
  • 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 27
    West Cobb Senior Center
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28
    South Cobb Community Center
  • 7 p.m., Monday, July 9
    Sewell Mill Library

The Board of Commissioners will also hold three public hearings on the county millage and 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.

Bring your four-legged friends to inaugural 'Fast and Furry 5K'

Cobb County Animal Services staff is hosting the “Fast and Furry 5K” to benefit animals housed at the shelter. This fun race will be held 8 a.m., June 30, and proceeds will help with projects to improve the shelter. You can come alone, or bring your dog to run/walk this course on County Services Road. There will be awards for the fastest dog and in several categories for the humans. Registration is available at raceroster.com or by going to the Cobb Animal Services' Facebook page facebook.com/CobbAnimalServices/. The event is listed and has a link to the registration.

After the race, Animal Services staff will host a Cobb Family Fun Day at the shelter. This family-friendly event will feature food vendors, demonstrations from the Cobb Police K-9 unit, reptile education, a petting zoo, a fire truck and special pet adoption rates.

Report shows Cobb Water System provides quality water

Cobb County Water System staff is committed to delivering you water that meets or exceeds federal and state quality requirements, demonstrated by the 2018 Water Quality Report. This federally-mandated report covers the period of January to December 2017, and provides residents with information about the quality of our drinking water. The water system’s priority is to deliver safe water to your home and business every day. It also makes significant efforts to protect water resources for both existing needs and future generations.

To read the full report, visit cobbcounty.org/waterqualityreport. For more information, or to receive a paper copy of the report, call 770-419-6200.

Cobb Police Department seeking school supply donations to help kids in need

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.

Free Household Hazardous Waste event upcoming

While cleaning around the house, we often are unsure how to best dispose of some hazardous household waste. Keep Cobb Beautiful staff is making it easy by hosting a special recycling event 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 23, at Jim Miller Park. Early arrival is recommended. This is free for Cobb County residents, but no commercial vehicles are allowed. Residents are limited to 10 gallons of paint per vehicle.
  
Items accepted include mercury, aerosols, batteries, adhesives, flammables, photo chemicals, lawn care products, fluorescent light bulbs, hobby and artists' supplies, paint and paint-related products, cleaners and swimming pool chemicals. Items not accepted include ammunition, pharmaceuticals, agricultural waste, radioactive materials and biohazardous/biomedical waste. Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road NE, Marietta. For more information, visit keepcobbbeautiful.org or call 770-528-1135.

Family Fun Safety Days

Come tour Sparky's House, enjoy safety games and up-close views of emergency vehicles at Family Fun Safety Days throughout the summer. There will be fun and educational activities for children of all ages. These events will be held at the Cobb County Safety Village 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, Tuesday, June 19, and Tuesday, July 17. The cost is $5 per person, with a $20 per family maximum. Group rates are available for 20 or more people. Please call 770-852-3270 for that information. The Cobb Safety Village is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta.