East Cobb Alliance will hold public meetings against the city

The East Cobb Alliance sports a new logo for the upcoming city referendum.

The East Cobb Alliance, which opposes the May 24 referendum in East Cobb Cityhood, is holding what it calls “show and tell” sessions for the public on Saturday.

It’s two days before the Committee for East Cobb Cityhood, which is behind the town’s referendum and campaign, will hold its first in-person public meeting.

But unlike Monday’s town meeting at the Olde Towne Athletic Club, East Cobb Alliance meetings will be open to citizens living outside the proposed city limits.

(The town band’s event is sold out and plans are underway to show it live, according to spokeswoman Cindy Cooperman.)

East Cobb Alliance sessions on Saturday are from 9:30-11am, 11:30-1pm and 1:30-3pm in the Chimney Springs neighborhood. Advance registration is required and can be done by clicking on this link.

The registration page indicates that each session will feature a 20-30 minute presentation followed by a question and answer period.

“Learn the facts about the effort to convert part of East Cobb into a new incorporated city…it will add another complicated layer of government to your life, and one that can tax you and your home beyond your ways to pay,” the East Cobb Alliance pre-registration link reads.

Cobb Commission Chair Lisa Cupid will hold city-related meetings with community groups, beginning Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cobb Board of Commissioners Meeting Room (100 Cherokee Street, Marietta ).

The county has also created what it calls a city resource page which breaks down the four cityhood propositions.

The East Cobb, Vinings and Lost Mountain referendums will be voted on in the May 24 primary; a Mableton referendum, if approved by the Georgian legislature, would take place in November.

The East Cobb Alliance has over 1,300 subscribers on his Facebook page.

the Alliance Cobb East was formed in 2019 during the city’s first campaign making most of the same claims as today: that there is no public groundswell for the city, that a city would create another layer of government and that citizens living in the new city would pay more taxes and other fees.

In 2019, the pro-cityhood group held public meetings that sparked opposition. In November 2019, East Cobb Alliance member Mindy Seger debated then-town leader David Birdwell.

Soon after, city supporters dropped plans to push for legislation in the 2020 session.

The city’s effort was revived with a new bill in 2021, and before the January legislature Seger testified against it, especially after several revisions including moving the referendum from November to May and changing the mode mayoral election.

The East Cobb Alliance created an information tab 2022 with its analysis of the East Cobb Town Feasibility Study and background information on the town’s leadership.

A page titled “Cityhood Swindle” is empty, however, and links to the East Cobb Alliance homepage.

In a Facebook post from February 17the Alliance explained that all voters in the proposed city, regardless of the primary ballot they choose, will be asked whether they support the creation of a city and the repeated familiar demands:

“A new city will have the power to TAX you more, assess new charges, cite you for traffic violations, jail you for up to 180 days…AND find myriad ways to get you off MORE money…on top of the taxes you already pay to the county (and will continue to pay).

“The only pot of gold at the end of the ‘East Cobb, GA’ rainbow is MORE government costing you MORE MONEY!”


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