Commission Chairman Tim Lee said the budget will at worst be flat compared to the current fiscal year general fund budget of $322 million, but, with Cobb’s tax digest down, he hoped to reduce it some.
“It will probably be slightly lower,” Lee said Friday. “We’re fine-tuning it still.”
The budget will have no staff cuts or furlough days for employees, but none of the cuts made in early 2011— including reduced library hours and bus routes — will be restored, Lee said.
As of Friday, there are no employee raises in the budget, Lee said.
Southeast Cobb Commissioner Bob Ott, who voted against the 2012 budget last September, said he would need to see some differences in the upcoming budget if he is to support it. Among his concerns last year was a 10 percent transfer of Cobb Water System revenue to the county’s general fund, a shift of $19.6 million.
“We keep raising water rates, and we’re transferring money out of the water system,” said Ott, who had yet to review the 2012 budget. “If we’re raising water rates because we’re transferring money, to me, that’s a tax increase.”
Lee said he anticipates that another transfer from the water system will be part of the 2013 budget.
Ott cast the only “no” vote in the 3-1 decision on the 2012 budget. He also opposed a 15.7 percent property tax increase in 2011 and keeping the same rate of 11.11 mills last month.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sept. 4. Commissioners are expected to vote on the budget at their Sept. 11 meeting.
Also at their Tuesday evening meeting, commissioners will consider 2011 SPLOST-funded improvements at two Cobb parks.
One contract would pay $1.1 million to SportsTurf Company Inc. of Whitesburg to repair soccer and football fields at Noonday Creek Park in northeast Cobb. Tom Bills, project manager for Cobb Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, said the project will grade, irrigate and sod at least seven of Noonday’s 12 fields, with hopes of repairing two more.
The fields need to be improved because the park is in Noonday Creek’s floodplain, Bills said.
SportsTurf’s bid was lower than those of Precision Turf LLC of Lilburn, which bid $1.12 million, and TriScapes Inc. of Alpharetta, which bid $1.2 million.
Improvements to sports fields will also be part of $2.2 million in improvements planned for Wallace Park in Mableton. But, for now, commissioners are considering a $114,300 design contract with Lose & Associates Inc. of Lawrenceville.
“That’s a park that could just use a facelift,” Bills said.
Along with designing the renovation of the park, which will also include two new buildings, the project will also determine a construction schedule intended to best avoid conflicts with baseball and football leagues.
“It’s possible we could work on the football field and leave the baseball field open, and vice versa,” Bills said.
Croft & Associates of Kennesaw had the second lowest bid at $129,300, and Sutton Architectural Services Inc. of Canton was third at $134,795.
The work session starts at 1:30 p.m., while the commissioners’ regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., both in their second floor meeting room at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.