It’s a move that now allows the self-taxing district to become involved in projects taking place on federal land owned by the U.S. National Parks Service. The CID can only spend its tax collections on improvements taking place inside its boundaries.
“Right now, much of the land (in the national park) falls outside the district,” said Malaika Rivers, executive director of the CID.
About 572 acres of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area now lies within the district, jumping from the 264 acres of green space the CID included before the district’s board approved the resolution expanding its boundaries at Thursday’s meeting.
The land area of the CID has also expanded from 5.57 square miles to 6.46 square miles with 20.3 percent being green space, up from 7.4 percent of green space.
“It sneaks in a lot of green space,” Rivers said.
The expansion also includes 34 acres of residential property, which is not taxed by the CID.
Before the expansion can be made official, the Cobb Board of Commissioners must give it the go-ahead. The next meeting of the commission is set for 9 a.m. on April 8 at 100 Cherokee St., Marietta.
Taking in part of the national park doesn’t require spending any cash, Rivers said, until the CID opts to fund a project on the land.
The National Parks Service will not be subject to the additional property tax the CID levies to fund its projects, and it does not have to sign off on the expansion that takes in part of its land.
Still, the federal agency is on board, said Tad Leithead, CID chairman.
“Although they are not required to consent, we are not doing it against their will,” Leithead said.
Rivers said the CID has not committed to any projects on federal land yet, but has conceptualized a plan to upgrade the look and feel of the Palisades trail head. Other trail projects are in mind, Rivers said, but haven’t been brought before the district’s board.
“It’s huge for the region,” said board member Bob Voyles, at Thursday’s meeting.
About 25 miles of multi-use trails weave around Cumberland’s office towers.