March 28, 2019 Marietta: Local residents pack a town hall meeting on the proposed City of East Cobb in Nolan Hall at the Catholic Church of St. Ann on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Marietta. Curtis Compton/
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Supporters give up on city of East Cobb in 2020

Faced with qualms recently expressed by Cobb County Republicans as well as Democrats, this press release that just arrived wasn’t unexpected:

The Committee for Cityhood in East Cobb announced today that it will not seek to introduce legislation until the 2021 session. The group will spend 2020 further discussing the benefits of incorporation with members of the community and finalizing the boundaries of the proposed city. 


“Creating a new city is a clear win for the residents of East Cobb,” said David Birdwell, co-chair of the committee. “It would allow for more police in our neighborhoods and faster response times, local control of zoning so that we can protect our neighborhoods and schools, and more resources to invest in our community – all while still providing a property tax cut.”

From last week’s Marietta Daily Journal:

The exact services the new city would provide and its boundaries have changed over time, and conservative lawmakers like Reps. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, and Ginny Ehrhart, R-west Cobb, want those details finalized before deciding whether to throw their support behind it. 

“What’s the deal going to be?” [state Sen. Lindsey] Tippins said. “I don’t think you can look at this as just a conceptual issue.”

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.