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SPLOST Early Voting at East Cobb Govt. Center; Birrell Town Hall Meeting

A roundup of local government news in and near East Cobb.

1. The final week of early voting in the referendum ends on Friday, and East Cobb voters now have the convenience of casting their ballots close to home. 

Early voting takes place all this week at the , 4400 Lower Roswell Road. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

There is no voting on Monday, March 14. The official referendum vote is March 15. For more information, call 770-528-2581 or visit cobbelections.org.

2. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Monday that pro-SPLOST forces have raised nearly $233,000, largely from business interests, with nearly half of that coming from the Cumberland Community Improvement District. By comparison, anti-SPLOST groups have raised around $1,50o, according to the story.

3. New District 3 Cobb commissioner JoAnn Birrell will hold her first Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Regional Library, 3320 Sandy Plains Road. For more information, call 770-528-3317.

4. The first meeting to discuss the Mabry Park Master Plan is scheduled for Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Garrison Mill Elementary School, 4111 Wesley Chapel Road. Cobb parks staff and the Friends of Mabry Park will be conducting the meeting. 

5. More than $40 million in economic development incentives have been offered to 16 companies by Cobb government since 2009, according to a report in The Marietta Daily Journal on Sunday. 

The newspaper filed an Open Records Request and discovered that had all of those offers been accepted, nearly 6,000 jobs could have been added. But only five firms accepted a total of $4 million, creating 723 jobs. 

". . . the process of granting public incentives is done very quietly in Cobb, with some companies using code names until the last possible minute, keeping even county leaders in the dark about who exactly they're dealing with," reporter Kim Isaza wrote. 

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