The Austell City Council approved on June 1 almost $9.7 million for city projects that would be funded by the renewed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 2022.
Austell city officials are buying three police vehicles and, for the fire department, bunker gear.
About 50 Austell city employees will receive hazard pay, going back to March 24.
No tax increase is proposed by Austell city officials in the new budget that takes effect July 1.
Cobb city leaders are urging residents to stay safe while supporting local businesses and services as they begin to reopen in accordance with new state guidelines.
Cobb city leaders are tightening budgets, freezing new hires, delaying pay raises and bracing themselves for major revenue losses as the local impact from the coronavirus pandemic starts to become apparent.
Mayor Ollie Clemons, standing near a large sign that read "#Austell you count 2020," waved at them as they drove by. The event's goal was twofold. In addition to providing food to people in need, it also encouraged their participation in the census, something in which Austell residents have lagged relative to their peers in other parts of the county.
Cobb County and its cities are responding to the novel coronavirus pandemic by adjusting hours and services to curtail the spread of the virus while providing essential services to the public.