Rep. Matt Dollar, in consultation with the East Cobb Educational Research Committee, has selected Georgia State University, Andrew Young School Center for State & Local Finance to conduct the feasibility study for the proposed city of East Cobb.
Rep. Dollar and the committee received a Scope of Work from the university on June 4, 2021. It was decided to initiate the request to move forward on June 18, 2021. Georgia State is the same university used for the initial feasibility study conducted in 2018. The cost of the study is $20,000.
To initiate the study, we will be making a payment of $10,000, with the balance due upon completion of the study on November 1, 2021. We are continuing to raise funds to cover these costs on our website. You can monitor the progress there.
Feasibility Study Overview:
Georgia State's Center for State and Local Finance (CSLF) team will provide a series of revenue and expenditure estimates for the proposed municipality of East Cobb. The CSLF team will utilize similar methodology as was employed in the previous incorporation study for East Cobb completed in December of 2018. The project goal is to issue a report to East Cobb Educational Research Committee that will assist citizens and policymakers as they evaluate the possible incorporation of the city of East Cobb.
East Cobb Educational Research Committee representatives identified four discretionary municipal services, other than general municipal administrative functions, that the proposed city will consider providing. These services include: parks and recreation, planning and zoning, road construction and maintenance, and code enforcement.
It was determined to add a fourth service, road construction and maintenance, in light of GA Statute § 36-31-7.1 - Ownership and control of county road rights of way. Unless the municipality and the county agree otherwise by joint resolution, new cities forming in Georgia are required to assume these services. By including them in the study, the community and legislators will be able to understand the financial impact it will have on the proposed city. We highlight this change because the proposal for cityhood was announced with three municipal services and it will now increase to four.
The final report will be submitted back to the committee by C.O.B. November 1, 2021. It will be published on the www.EastCobbGA.com website to be shared with the community and emailed directly to those who have subscribed to our email updates.
To learn more about Georgia State, Andrew Young School, The Center for State and Local Finance, you can visit their website.
Feasibility Studies and the Path to Cityhood:
Generally, in order to obtain an approved feasibility study, the sponsoring group must meet the following qualifications:
- The group must have a non-profit status
- The group must sign a contractual agreement with the entity conductingthe study.
- The group must provide a letter from the legislative member who is sponsoring the bill.
- The group must obtain a map of the proposed city from the General Assembly’s Reapportionment Office.
The following programs are currently authorized to conduct feasibility studies for cities and impact studies for counties:
- Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
- Andrew Young Schools of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
- Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology
Source: Cityhood in Georgia infographic, Georgia House Budget and Research Office, prepared by Molly Aziz.
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