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Big things have been brewing in the City of Smyrna. Change has been ever present since John Weiland Homes built Market Village at Atlanta & Spring Roads. The City is now in planning for a proposed mixed use redevelopment of Jonquil Plaza, located at the northeast corner of Atlanta & Spring Roads. In the July issue of Smyrna/Vinings The Bright Side newspaper (Volume 2, No.7), Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon was quoted as stating the proposed redevelopment plan would include 163,000 square feet of commercial space including restaurants, small shops, a grocery store and another anchor store and some 20,000 square feet of office space and some 300 condominium homes on the property. The proposed plan is also stated to bring in more upscale shopping similar to Vinings Downtown. This project is still in its infancy, the City of Smyrna has said it will dedicate around $18 to $20 million in TAD funds. Expectations are that the project will be approved and begun on or around the 1st of the year, with an expected 18 months or longer for completion.

Additionally, in 2005 the voters of Cobb County approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to fund capital improvement projects throughout Cobb County and within each of the County's six cities. Approximately $43 million in sales tax funding is anticipated to be allocated to the City of Smyrna between January 2006 and December 2011. Smyrna has slated their SPLOST funds for road improvements, sidewalks, as well as recreational walking and biking trails.

The City of Smyrna is definitely committed to its residents and is consistently involved in looking at ways to improve its residents quality of life. The city budget has been noted as being up to $59.8 million with nearly $8 million in reserve. Smyrna has lowered its millage rate every year since 1997 and will lower it again this year. (The millage rate (also known as the tax rate) is a figure applied to the value of your property to calculate your property tax liability.) One "mill" is one dollar of tax on every thousand dollars of taxable value).

Key Facts:
-One of the last suburbs of Atlanta to go high-end, Smyrna is a prime spot to build future wealth via home investments.
-Smyrna City Council has been repeatedly recognized for managing our city taxes and putting them to good use.
-The Covered Bridge Area houses one of the last functioning 9 covered bridges in the US.
-With two main access points to the Silver Comet Trail, Smyrna is a haven for avid bicyclers, rollerbladers, walkers and runners.
-Check out some of our favorite restaurants in Smyrna Market Village: Zuccas and Atkins Park.
-Cumberland Mall's "Extreme Mall Makeover" goes live November 16th! Make sure to check out the renovations, including a new CostCo.
-As a local resident and Smyrna Real Estate Expert, I can say that Smyrna is one of the greatest places to live in the Metro Atlanta Area!

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