Daniel Furr kindly shared his family's history in the Austell community from owning a grocery store, to helping feed WWII soldiers, to establishing the first fire station there. He spoke of how his parents wanted the Furr property saved, how they made it onto the Park Bond 2008 list of properties, how his parents have since passed on, and how his children want to honor their parents' wishes to preserve the land. The Furr family story set the tone for understanding our community's loss if the Park Bond is not funded now. Many of the other properties on the 2009 list have already been cleared and developed into commercial properties.
In 2008, voters passed a Referendum for a $40 million Park Bond, but the County decided not to fund it in 2009, and no other Board has tried to fund it until we discovered the Board decided to use the earmarked Park Bond money for another project, the Braves stadium. The County refuses to issue the $40 million Park Bond for parkland purchase, despite using an abundance of property taxes earmarked for Park Bonds now moving to fund the new stadium.
The Board could easily restructure the Park Bond repayment dates going forward 7 years, given the fact that the Board has delayed funding for 7 years and counting.
Other Park Bond supporters who spoke at last night's meeting noted the Board's obligation to fully fund the 2008 Park Bond Referendum first, before spending the money on any other project. In fact, there is a straight line from Park Bond money to the New Braves Ballpark financing. According to Cobb County's own website, the $40 million Park Bond 2008 Referendum money planned for 15 years is being moved directly into the $400 million Braves stadium payment for 30 years. The one detail not disclosed on the County website page is that Park Bond 2008 has not actually been funded. Voters continue to ask Park Bond 2008 be funded as soon as possible, because the Commission is obligated to fund referendums.
- Join the effort to email the Board of Commissioners to fully fund $40 million Park Bond (hundreds of emails sent so far in January)
- Attend Board of Commissioner meetings on Tuesday, February 9 (at 9:00am) and Tuesday, February 23 (at 7:00pm) 100 Cherokee Street, 2nd floor.
We can show support by wearing green.
- Write letters to the editor at the Marietta Daily Journal: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Share the LoveCobbParks.com website with friends & neighborhoods