MARIETTA — Because of a vote miscount by city staff, Marietta’s new community improvement district is in danger of dissolving before it gets off the ground.
A CID is formed when commercial property owners in an area agree to tax themselves at a higher rate, up to 5 additional mills. Those tax dollars are leveraged to secure larger sums from the state and federal government, which in turn are used to pay for area infrastructure improvements.
A majority, or 51 percent, of the property owners inside a proposed CID must agree to tax themselves to create the district.
Although the new Gateway Marietta Community Improvement District began with 51 percent of the property owners in favor, city officials mistakenly gave one man two votes because he owned two pieces of property. But, those two pieces of property were part of a trust, so he should have only received one vote, said Brian Binzer, the city’s development services manager.
Cobb’s tax assessor spotted the mistake, Binzer said. Now, the majority of property owners no longer stands because it lost one vote due to the miscount.
“The property had to be counted one time. It couldn’t be counted two times,” Binzer said.