City of East is about local representation, closer to the people. Your  mayor and council member will be more accessible and responsive to you. Be a part of the decision-making process that affects your life every day. Local representation will go from one elected official for every 180,000 to six for every 8,000, like over 500 other cities in Georgia.

  • Local control on zoning decisions that build and reflect the character of our community. Build a community with people who share your values and interests.
  • Keep your hard-earned money in the local community. A city tax millage rate with capped increases. Voters decide if increases are acceptable.
  • Community policing means officers will be more visible and responsive to local issues, like street racing, identify fraud and theft. You'll sleep better knowing that police are focused and empowered to do their job in your neighborhood.
  • Continue the tradition of excellent fire protection we experience today. Peace of mind knowing that your tax dollars from the Fire Fund stay in East Cobb to be invested directly in our community.
  • Improve park and recreation services that are tailored to your family's needs maximizing the park space in East Cobb today.

When a cityhood referendum passes, the Governor appoints a transition committee to prepare the plan. The council will be elected in the November general election. The city will incorporate on January 1, 2023 and the elected officials will decide on the final plan and implementation of services, which can take up to 2 years. This has been successfully done over 10 municipalities in recent years. These cities are thriving today with balanced budgets, no tax millage rate increases and happy citizens.

Here is a more information about the statute that governs the transition period when a city is incorporated.

  • 36-31-8 - Transition periods for governmental functions; appointment by the Governor of interim representatives

(a) When a new municipal corporation is created by local Act, the local Act may provide for a transition period not to exceed 24 months for the orderly transition of governmental functions from the county to the new municipal corporation. The local Act may specify the time or times during the transition period (or the method or methods for determining the time or times during the transition period) at which…

Here is a link to the code: https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-36/provisions/chapter-31/36-31-8/


Learn more about how the taxes you pay today for services that the city will take over are rebated back to the cities.

2020 Georgia Code
Title 36 - Local Government
Chapter 70 - Coordinated and Comprehensive Planning and Service Delivery by Counties and Municipalities

Legislative Intent:

"The intent of this article is to provide a flexible framework within which local governments in each county can develop a service delivery system that is both efficient and responsive to citizens in their county. The General Assembly recognizes that the unique characteristics of each county throughout the state preclude a mandated legislative outcome for the delivery of services in every county. The process provided by this article is intended to minimize inefficiencies resulting from duplication of services and competition between local governments and to provide a mechanism to resolve disputes over local government service delivery, funding equity, and land use. The local government service delivery process should result in the minimization of noncompatible municipal and county land use plans and in a simple, concise agreement describing which local governments will provide which service in specified areas within a county and how provision of such services will be funded."

Article 2 - Service Delivery
§ 36-70-24. Criteria for Service Delivery Strategy

Here is a link to the code: https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2020/title-36/chapter-70/article-2/section-36-70-24/


To answer your question specific to property taxes, it is defined in the bill, HB-841, Section 6.11 Millage rate, due dates; payments methods:

(a) The city council by ordinance shall establish a millage rate for the city property tax which shall not exceed 1 mill, a due date, and the time period within which these taxes must be paid, unless a higher millage rate is recommended by resolution of the city council and subsequently approved by a majority of the eligible voters of the city by referendum.