Flush with cash, Cobb County boosts rainy day fund requirements

Bill Volckmann, the county’s finance director, told the Board of Commissioners this week that formalizing…

Bill Volckmann, the county’s finance director, told the Board of Commissioners this week that formalizing the policy will help the county maintain its top credit rating.

Expert guidance on rainy day funds varies. Moody’s suggests a reserve fund of 30% to earn its top rating, but it is just one of a number of factors that go into a rating decision. Cobb County’s website boasts that it has maintained a AAA rating 24 years in a row, even as it had a reserve fund of less than 30% for much of that period.

The Government Finance Officers Association recommends that local governments keep at least two months’ worth of spending in reserve, or 16.7%.

The reserve policy sets the stage for budget discussions this spring, when the county will balance requests for things like employee pay raises to combat staff shortages, social services and stormwater projects against its desire to maintain its large reserve fund.

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I am heartbroken for him, for his family, and for all of us at MARTA.”"},{"_id":"2PYL4SGWXFBQJHMPSJUMH755N4","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"_id":"EBXHU664Z5EBBKW7TEGFYICMBQ"},"type":"interstitial_link","content":"MARTA: Things to know about the Atlanta transit agency","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/marta-things-to-know-about-the-atlanta-transit-agency/UDILG5QVIVBVXBP7RRRGXPPZCE/"},{"_id":"BTDZ7QVUKJA2HOQTPA6SWU3D5Y","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642255147301},"type":"text","content":"Parker previously was vice president at infrastructure and design firm HNTB Corp.’s Atlanta office. During his career, he also oversaw transit operations in Boston and Connecticut, and he directed MARTA’s rail, bus and paratransit services from 2005 to 2008."},{"_id":"ZHDF2PXPJVFIZFO3HXXRZ6EDXE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642255147302},"type":"text","content":"“Jeff cared deeply about MARTA and his leadership gave us a strong foundation from which to carry forward,” the agency statement said."},{"_id":"FZE5FH65EBHBNETM64X5KGZ6ZM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642255147303},"type":"text","content":"MARTA said it would share more information on a leadership transition plan in coming days. 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In his memory, we will continue that important work and strive to make MARTA safer, more accessible and more affordable for all Atlantans.” — Britt Dunams, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 732"},{"_id":"N2CWUWG6ZJGHHEO2QRCW7LYN6Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642269303148},"type":"text","content":"“Jeff Parker was one of the kindest and most well-respected individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was a consummate professional — completely dedicated to doing the best job possible.” — Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts"},{"_id":"YWAYMO6QQZFWROORA4EXJPM7KU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642269303149},"type":"text","content":"“Jeff Parker’s passing is profoundly heartbreaking, and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. His time at MARTA was marked with both a pragmatic and profound vision for our region’s future, and his intelligence, thoughtfulness and dedication will be sorely missed. We ask that you keep his loved ones and the staff and board at MARTA in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn this devastating loss.” — Atlanta City Council"},{"_id":"H7EBBDOKX5E6LIZAPWDT2S2HF4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642269303150},"type":"text","content":"“Last night metro Atlanta lost a true public servant and a leader in the field of transportation. MARTA CEO Jeff Parker was not only a trusted colleague, but a dear friend. He was instrumental in the efforts to expand transit services in Fulton County and the entire Atlanta region. So much will be written about his leadership at MARTA, but he will be known as an inspiration and champion for the transportation industry in our state.” — Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann"},{"_id":"GUWFT7O6UZAYNLNLYEACFAMLCM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642269303151},"type":"text","content":"“Jeff Parker was a true advocate for public transit and the citizens MARTA served. It was a pleasure working with Jeff over the years and his leadership in our industry will be missed. 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Mayor Bottoms plan (Income Mobility Program for Atlanta Community Transformation) Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund plan (In Her Hands)
Price tag $2.5 million $13 million
Territory Citywide Old Fourth Ward, yet to be confirmed locations in suburban Atlanta and southwest Georgia
Duration 1 year 2 years
Payments $500/month Average of $850/month
Participants 300 650
Eligibility Must be at least 18 years old and live below 200% of the federal poverty line Limited to Black women at or below the federal poverty line
Funders Centennial Yards developers, Mayors for a Guaranteed Income Private donors

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According to doctors who’ve spoken to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, patients who need to be admitted to the hospital are waiting sometimes overnight in emergency rooms. Emergency room patients are getting treated in waiting areas. Doctors treating other conditions like cancer are seeing available surgery schedule slots narrow, and some say they fear another shutdown in non-essential surgeries is coming."},{"_id":"CPVALYEMGFEHVHKNZU6M3IFEBM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641861502639},"type":"text","content":"The AJC learned last week that Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington postponed some elective procedures to ensure the hospital had enough staffed beds to meet demand. The hospital system didn’t confirm it, but said any “pauses” were made at a local level."},{"_id":"QSGYUQF3NVFBRCWIWYG7SHTPMY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1641861502634},"type":"text","content":"It’s not just hospitals that are jammed. 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