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Old 12-12-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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I am considering relocating to smyrna. When i look at property in 30080 and 30082, sometimes its in smyrna and sometimes its in unincorpated cobb county. I am assuming its unincorporated cobb county because when I enter the address on the city of smyrna website it says its outside the city limits.
A lot of the time these homes are less expensive and often they're really nicely upgraded. So id like to know what the disadvantage is of living outside city limits of smyrna. Would property taxes be more. Would i pay a big premium for city services like water, sewer, sanitation. What police force would i use and if its smyrna how would i pay for those services.
I am definitely looking for a home in the city of smyrna but would it be a big disadvantage to live outside the city? Each time i find something of interest i have to look on a map to see if it appears to be close to the city border, then research to find out if its outside the city limits. Id just like to know how much importance i should place on inside vs outside smyrna.
Thank you.
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:20 PM
 
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Property taxes are typically slightly higher living in the city limits.

I pay two tax bills - Cobb County and City of Smyrna.

You do not pay a big premium for City Services. When you live in the city limits, you have Smyrna Sanitation, Police and Fire services. The sanitation is a monthly bill and the Police and Fire are covered by your taxes. Outside the city you are covered by Cobb County Police and Fire.

The primary advantage of living in the city is local representation and feeling like you have more input/voting power when it comes to local issues.

If you don't live in the city you can't use services like recreation center (I think there is a senior citizen exemption), not exactly sure about the library etc.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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I am considering relocating to smyrna. When i look at property in 30080 and 30082, sometimes its in smyrna and sometimes its in unincorpated cobb county. I am assuming its unincorporated cobb county because when I enter the address on the city of smyrna website it says its outside the city limits.
A lot of the time these homes are less expensive and often they're really nicely upgraded. So id like to know what the disadvantage is of living outside city limits of smyrna. Would property taxes be more. Would i pay a big premium for city services like water, sewer, sanitation. What police force would i use and if its smyrna how would i pay for those services.
I am definitely looking for a home in the city of smyrna but would it be a big disadvantage to live outside the city? Each time i find something of interest i have to look on a map to see if it appears to be close to the city border, then research to find out if its outside the city limits. Id just like to know how much importance i should place on inside vs outside smyrna.
Thank you.
I lived for 16 years in unincorporated Smyrna, and loved it. You have to go with Cobb County Water and private trash collection, but otherwise there's not much difference. I was very close to Cobb County police and fire stations, and always felt they were on top of things. We did join the Smyrna Public Library (excellent facility) for a small fee, as the Cobb County library branches in the immediate vicinity were pretty small. Now we are about four blocks from the main Cobb library, in Marietta, so we can let the Smyrna one go...

Either way, whether inside the Smyrna limits or just outside, I think you would be happy there. The only reason we left was we wanted new construction and something very specific, and we found it in Marietta rather than Smyrna.

Enjoy!
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Old 12-14-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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Thanks Lorilove and Evannole. Ill do some research to see the difference in cobb county police and smyrna police as far as response time and cost. I also would need to find out about sanitation services. Its good to know that if i do find a home just outside the city limits it wont be such a big deal.
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Thanks Lorilove and Evannole. Ill do some research to see the difference in cobb county police and smyrna police as far as response time and cost. I also would need to find out about sanitation services. Its good to know that if i do find a home just outside the city limits it wont be such a big deal.
I don't think you will see a significant response time between the two. The only issue would be where you might be in an island or similar area where the City is clearly closer but you have to call the County.

For the most part where these issues exist, the City and the County try to work together and encourage annexation because it works best for both of them. But they can't force annexation so there are still a few of these pockets in existence. They are often obvious when you look at the City of Smyrna Ward map.

For example

http://www.smyrnacity.com/Modules/Sh...documentid=231
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:07 PM
 
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Really not much difference, especially since you already have to pay a separate sanitation bill in Smyrna as someone else mentioned. The schools are the same, in unincorporated Cobb you get to pick your trash company and change it if you aren't happy with your service, and your property taxes will probably be about 5ish% lower in the county. The county has libraries and parks and pretty much everything else the city has.

The only place in Cobb where it really makes a difference is the city of Marietta since they have their own school district.
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Old 12-27-2014, 07:52 PM
 
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