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Cobb property taxes due by Oct. 17

Cobb property taxes due by Oct. 17

Tax bills were mailed on Aug. 15 and payment is due within 60 days to avoid late charges.

Metered postage is not accepted as timely proof of mailing.

Tax bills, Homestead Exemption applications, year round online bill pay and detailed tax information is available at www.cobbtax.org. Payments must be received or U.S. postmarked by Oct. 17.

Residents invited to town hall meeting in south Cobb

Residents invited to town hall meeting in south Cobb

District Four Commissioner Woody Thompson will host a town hall meeting for his constituents 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The meeting will be held at South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive off Veterans Memorial.

Town hall meetings are an excellent opportunity for the public to interact with elected officials, hear about progress being made around the county and share input. For more information, call 770-528-3312 or visit cobbcounty.org/thompson.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.

LOCAL PROFILE: Clayton County Commission Chairman, Eldrin Bell

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Eldrin Bell is a local legend in Atlanta local law enforcement and politics.

Recently, the Where U Live spoke with him about his history in Atlanta and his current position in Clayton County.

Cobb Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Cobb Board of Commissioners to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Cobb County --  The Cobb Board of Commissioners will host a special called public hearing 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, on the fiscal year 2012 proposed budget.

Goals for the upcoming budget are to restore funding to public safety, hold benefit costs level, eliminate funding for vacant positions and maintain current service levels.

These goals were set while still reducing the budget by $7 million from the previous year. The adopted fiscal year 2011 budget was $328 million and the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget is $321 million. The meeting will be held in the BOC Room, on the second floor of 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta.

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

Tracking programs created to bring jobs to Georgia

ATLANTA -- With Georgia's unemployment rate remaining in double digits, 11Alive journalists are busy digging into three programs that promised to create jobs.

One of them is the federal stimulus program.

According to the state's Stimulus Accountability website, the federal government has granted Georgia approximately $3.2 billion in stimulus funds. Georgia's unemployment rate was around 8.8 percent just prior to the start of the stimulus program. Two years later, unemployment has risen to the current rate of 10.1 percent.

Where are the stimulus jobs?

In Paulding County, the stimulus program is getting mixed reviews.

Paulding County has received approximately $46 million in federal stimulus funds. The unemployment rate there was 6 percent in 2008 before the stimulus program. Unemployment in Paulding has risen to its current rate of 10.6 percent.

1,901 Georgia elected officials failed to file disclosures on time

1,901 Georgia elected officials failed to file disclosures on time

ROSWELL-- One thousand nine hundred and one elected officials in Georgia missed a deadline to disclose their campaign finances by June 30, according to the state Ethics Commission. 

Most of them are down-ballot politicians little-known outside their locales.  11Alive News obtained the list after filing a request under the Georgia Open Records Act.

RELATED: List of non/late-filers as of June 30, 2011

One of those named is the mayor of Roswell.

"I thought I'd filed everything, so it's a surprise," said Mayor Jere Wood.  "I'll have to look into it," he said after an 11Alive News reporter informed Wood of his presence on the list.