Chairman Mike Boyce, who has called for raising taxes, was not available for comment. Previously, he has said that anything other than mandated services like public safety is on the table for cuts.
Commissioner Bob Ott said he would not support closing the facilities outlined in the parks department plan, emphasizing that it was part of a comprehensive report about operating costs.
Ott suggested cutting services at animal control and the Safety Village, consolidating libraries, and reexamining vehicle replacement instead. He acknowledged that those savings would not be enough to close the gap, however.
“My list is not perfect or sacrosanct but if you go from a list of cuts and you say, ‘I can’t live without that,’ then you’re going in with eyes wide open about what it costs to keep that service,” Ott said.
In addition to the $30 million budget gap this year, the county has identified another $25 million in needs to be addressed within the next three to five years.
Two leading rating agencies recently downgraded the county's outlook to "negative" citing Cobb's "fiscal challenges."