Power Breakfast: Cobb and Clayton property taxes to rise, transportation list, SunTrust, post office, AT&T, debt

Property taxes are rising in Cobb and Clayton.

Following long-winded debate, much of it opposition from residents, Cobb commissioners Tuesday night approved a 15.7-percent millage increase, AJC reporter Janel Davis writes.

That means a $105 increase on a tax bill for a home valued between $190,000 and $210,000, Davis reports.

Meanwhile, Clayton commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday night to raise their property taxes 34 percent, despite plenty of resident opposition, AJC reporter Tammy Joyner writes.

The three commissioners who voted for the tax hike — Wole Ralph, Sonna Singleton and Gail Hambrick — quickly left the room following the meeting as residents moved toward them to ask questions, Joyner reports. Chairman Eldrin Bell and Commissioner Michael Edmondson, who opposed the increase, stayed to field inquiries from many of the more than 150 people in attendance.

An increase of 5 mills to offset a $22-million budget deficit was approved, Joyner reports.

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12 comments Add your comment

free ride

July 27th, 2011
7:32 am

raising taxes instead of cutting costs? It’s the reason governments are almost bankrupt across the u.s. The gravy train is over.


July 27th, 2011
7:43 am

Cobb – I will submit a reassesment request for my home to have my taxes lowered. LOL


July 27th, 2011
7:59 am

I’m just waiting for someone to blame Obama.

lol babs

July 27th, 2011
8:15 am

feels so nice to live in neither! eat it, suckers.


July 27th, 2011
8:20 am

Look at it this way: The $47-million in federal funds allocated to build the Centennial Olympic Park to MLK Center trolley would close the revenue gap in DeKalb County. Instead the federal government, which is in the hands of the Obama administration, is urging states, counties, and municipalities to save the jobs of all public employees while private sector workers lose their jobs. Consequently, a bloated DeKalb County employee roster is now being financed by upping homeowner taxes by 26 percent.

Clang, clang, clang we’re off our trolley providing a streetcar to a destination to which nobody wants to go. MLK’s days in the sun ended long ago. The Center is being kept afloat by a family of deadbeats and former civil rights activists who never worked at an honest job in their lives.

Believe me! I’ve been a witness to it all from 1954 to the present. What a sorry result has come out of what was once such a great promise. All of society has paid an enormous price.

The most prosperous nation on the planet has been pulled down by those who expect something for nothing. The federal plantation is alive and well and seeking more of your tax to fund more public works projects. Wake up America!


July 27th, 2011
9:19 am

This does not make sense. Governments can make real reductions in spending and maintain quality of life services, but they don’t want to touch any “sacred cows,” so they will do the least popular thing and raise taxes. This is the mother of all cons.


July 27th, 2011
10:30 am

“The three commissioners who voted for the tax hike — Wole Ralph, Sonna Singleton and Gail Hambrick — quickly left the room following the meeting as residents moved toward them to ask questions,…”

Hike and flee, now there’s some wonderful governance. Clayton County voters should demand a recall election.

And what kind of name is “Wole”?


July 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Oh, Ed. You poor thing.


July 27th, 2011
1:24 pm

ed is absolutely right.

In order to pay $47 million for a trolley line nobody needs:

1. Some people lost their homes.
2. Some businesses closed.
3. Some employees lost their jobs.
4. Other businesses were unable to expand.
5. Some families weren’t able to provide for themselves.

The only thing we don’t know is specifically who these folks are because taxes are socialized across the masses (of those who still pay taxes).

So, ed is right and if you laugh you only show both your own ignorance and your disregard for others.

I’m sure John Lewis will be there smiling at the ribbon cutting for the trolley muttering about fire hoses and dogs. But he’ll never be there as somebody’s home is foreclosed upon because they couldn’t pay their portion of the $47 million in taxes + interest required to finance his boondoggle.


July 27th, 2011
1:59 pm

How melodramatic, RGB. Hee hee!


July 27th, 2011
4:37 pm

No need to wonder at the shallow reaction of “Silly.” Undoubtedly, a government employee, and union member to boot.


July 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

If the commissioners raise taxes in Cobb they will lose in the next election. It’s as simple as that. Not only will they lose they will be trounced. My home value did not decline and they want to jack up my taxes to protect the job program that used to be county government. Government needs to learn to live within its means without demanding that the taxpayer fund whatever they want.