Where is Mableton’s portion of millions in federal dollars?
As Cobb County makes plans to hire a consultant to help direct federal relief funds, for those of us in South Cobb and particularly Mableton, we want to know where our share is of the $148 million in pandemic-relief funding. Cobb is set to receive that amount from the federal government as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that President Joe Biden signed into law in March. According to the county, it received its first $73.8 million installment in May. The question on our minds is where Mableton’s portion of those funds? How will it be allocated and what will it be spent on?
In addition, Cobb received an earlier allotment of funds that never reached Mableton. With so many disbursements from the federal government floating around, many residents of South Cobb do not realize that more than $600 million in CARES Act funding was allocated to local governments in metro Atlanta last year. Of that amount, the federal government sent Cobb County $132 million. Cobb then allocated about $10 million to the six cities within county lines, but nothing was allocated for Mableton. Where is Mableton’s $10 million Chair Cupid?
Though not a city, our community still has needs for the people living here to the tune of over 50,000 residents. A $10 million dollar allocation could have been used to finance a new community center for our youth, seniors, and veterans, but the land that was zoned for such a project has been redirected by Chair Lisa Cupid to go to high end apartments instead for her attorney of choice, Garvis Sams, who continues to feed at the public trough.
South Cobb also needs a state of the arts library, like the one located in East Cobb, but no one is leading the discussion on that. We will never get what we need in Mableton and South Cobb until we demand our share of the federal dollars being allocated. Write Chair Lisa Cupid and ask where are Mableton’ allocations of federal funds? Demand that the same allocations going to other communities come to ours here in South Cobb.
Chair Lisa Cupid