I received a phone call survey from a nice young lady with several carefully drafted questions that simply required a “yes” or “no” answer about the possibility of a new city in east Cobb. It seemed to me that all the questions were worded to encourage anyone taking the survey to answer “yes,” which would favor creating a new city.
I don’t know who designed and/or paid for this survey, but if they reached anyone of the potential 90,000 residents within the proposed new city boundaries, they probably got the response that it was designed to acquire. And that’s because it’s realistic to believe that less than 10 percent of the new potential East Cobb city population have no idea know about the new city plan. Less than 10 percent of them don’t even subscribe to any newspapers and are probably in the dark about the new city idea. So, the question is why, when, where and how soon will the results of this slanted survey be put to use?
A year has almost passed since the East Cobb Cityhood group was formed and held their first meeting. Since then, several public meetings have also been held, a new cityhood bill has been written and introduced in the Georgia Legislature and large sums of hush-hush monies have been obtained and are currently being spent to influence and lobby the outcome. Also, and several times, the public was informed that the hush-hush money suppliers were going to be named in the near future. So far, the near future has come and gone, and they’ve chosen to remain hidden in the closet. Is this current shadowy treatment of East Cobb citizens a clear harbinger of just how the potential new East Cobb City might be operated?
Finally, regardless of any survey results, possibly paid for by a group of well-off, incognito and affluent east Cobb neighbors, I still have not encountered one single person who has indicated they want or need a new city in East Cobb. Our police and fire departments are among the best in metro Atlanta and we don’t need to make new ones. Further, I believe that the $35,000 Georgia State feasibility study and the recent nonprofessional financial study have NOT considered many of the total costs required to create a new city and are imperfect and flawed at best. Finally, if a new city is created, I totally believe that all the new 90,000 residents will experience an increase in their county taxes. Everyone should look very long and very hard before they leap into creating a new city.