Cobb should change plan, not ‘steal’ family’s land
July 22, 2014 08:14 PM | 1653 views | 2 2 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I am very angry about the way the county is treating the families featured in the article “Family plans to fight losing cherished land,” in the July 16 issue of the MDJ. These families have owned their property for decades, and the county commissioners voted unanimously to condemn it, so that some of them have to find somewhere else to live.

I was especially angered by the quote from Commissioner Lisa Cupid that this condemnation didn’t give her “any particular pause” when she and the other four commissioners unanimously approved the decision. I believe that all of the commissioners should make the effort to at least go to the property and meet the people who will be so tragically effected by their vote before they vote to condemn somebody else’s property! If it was their own family’s property, they would probably give a lot more consideration and “pause” for it!

The commissioners seem to think it’s all a matter of how much they can negotiate as a fair price for the property; however, nothing will ever be able to truly replace this property that has been in these families for generations. These people never wanted to leave, and the commissioners are forcing them to leave, only because their property fits into a government “conceptual plan.”

Why couldn’t this plan be altered, instead of snatching property from people who have lived in Cobb County, and probably paid Cobb County taxes, all of their lives?

Sharon Melcher

East Cobb

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Tony Cain
July 23, 2014
You are beginning to see something very interesting. It is the altering of state law to suit megalomania and crony capitalism.

After the US Supreme Court ruled that private property could be seized for economic development, state legislators around the country felt the ire of private property owners and passed legislation prohibiting the taking of property by govt. for economic development. Now you see what the law prohibits being done by land banks and development authorities, as though these were not govt. entities. We sure don't get to vote for the appointed board members.

Get used to it. There's more on the way. Maybe your home and property will be next.
David Dent
August 13, 2014
I am also having my land condemned ( stolen) by City of Kennesaw for Splost road widening project.

Their offer was well below my cost basis as well as fair market value of the land. Suspiciously, they suddenly reduced the tax value a few years ago after my tax appeal and them knowing they were going to take it later (now) and wanted to reduce the tax value to support their low ball offer and condemnation case. This will also create a significant financial loss and further devaluation of the remaining property due to the road widening and guard rails eliminating any/all access to the commercial property and thuis rendering it worthless.

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