Marietta City Council to consider adding land to city
by Hilary Butschek
July 30, 2014 04:00 AM | 2182 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — The City Council will consider adding 16 acres of property to its limits at tonight’s committee meetings.

The council’s Judicial/Legislative Committee will discuss adding 42 properties to the city along Lower Roswell Road, Rosewood Circle, Lott Avenue and Harris Drive.

The properties are part of an island of unincorporated Cobb within the city limits.

“There’s been discussion on and off in the past about filling in one of the holes that are within the city,” said Councilman Philip Goldstein, who chairs the committee. “I brought it up to see if there was any desire to fill in some of those holes.”

The city last added property to its boundaries in 2012, according to a report city staff prepared for the council.

Beth Sessoms, the city’s economic development manager, said the annexation of the properties, which are no larger than half an acre each, would be logical.

“Sometimes it’s confusing for residents because they have the city all around them, and then they think they’re part of the city,” Sessoms said.

The annexation will prevent a duplication of services, Sessoms said.

“We already provide Marietta Power and Water to that area and respond to fire and police calls there,” Sessoms said.

Even though the properties are under Cobb’s jurisdiction for services such as fire, police, water and power, the city provides those services now because it’s more convenient.

“If Marietta Power is putting a power line in the street and some of the properties are in the city and some aren’t, then they’re not going to take it away from those who aren’t,” Sessoms said.

Similarly, if a Marietta fire truck or police car is closer to a scene than one from Cobb County, the city will respond first. Sessoms said the city often responds first because the properties are surrounded by city properties.

Goldstein said the properties would also get other city services, such as garbage pickup and street lights, if they were added to the city limits.

Of the 42 properties, 23 are commercial and 19 are residential.

Property owners will see an increase in taxes if incorporated into Marietta. City property owners pay property, school, bonds and state taxes at a 31.766 mill rate, and county residents pay at a 29.71 mill rate.

The owner of a $200,000 home would pay $2,371 if the property was inside the city, compared to the $2,114 it would pay if it were in an unincorporated part of the county. That means a property owner’s taxes would increase by $257 with the 2014 millage rate.

The area has 18 residents under the age of 18, according to the city. Any elementary school students in the area would have to change schools from Powers Ferry Elementary School to Sawyer Road Elementary School.

Sessoms said if the council voted approve adding the properties to the city, these changes would not take effect until the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015.

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