Welcome to the City of Cochran!

 

The City of Cochran is a uniquely progressive rural community built upon efficient and effective service delivery with an organizational culture that strives to embrace change and diversity. The City also strives to ensure a high level of innovation and sustainable development while maintaining and enhancing a quality educational system, with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure environment to live, raise families, work, conduct business, and play.


 

News and Updates

 

 Notice of Property Tax Increase

 

The City of Cochran, Georgia has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require a millage rate increase of 16.65% percent.  All concerned citizens are invited to the Public Hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Cochran Community House at 132 South Third Street in Cochran on:

 

  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., prior to the Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. prior to the regular Council Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

 

The tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 11.267 mills, which is a 1.5 mill increase over the present millage rate of 9.767 mills. This is an increase of 16.65% above the roll-back rate of 9.667 mills.  Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate would be at the roll-back rate of 9.667 mills. The proposed 1.5-mill tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $75,000 is approximately $42; the proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $57; the proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $72; and the proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $102.  Likewise, non-homestead homes will be affected by the tax increase. The 1.5-mill increase on non-homestead homes with a fair market value of $75,000 is approximately $45; the proposed tax increase for a non-homestead home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $60; the proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is approximately $75; and the proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $175,000 is approximately $105.

 

 General Election for the City of Cochran is to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 to elect three Alderman for the City of Cochran.

  • Alderman for District 1, Post 2
  • Post currently held by Mr. Willie Basby
  • Alderman for District 2, Post 2
  • Post currently held by Mr. Eric Bisher
  • Alderman for District 3, Post 2
  • Post currently held by Mr. Tommy Guyton

 

*To view a map of the City Districts, please Click on Map.

 

Qualifying opens on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. and closes Friday, September 4, 2015. Hours of qualifying are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and shall take place at Cochran City Hall, 112 West Dykes Street, Cochran, GA 31014. Qualifying fees for Alderman are $126.00. Advance voting will begin on October 12, 2015 and end on October 29, 2015 and shall be conducted in the office of Voter Registrar, 112 North Second Street, Bleckley County Courthouse, Cochran, GA. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm. Election Day is November 3, 2015. Polls will be open at 7:00 am until 7:00pm.

 

The City has prepared a packet of information for individuals who would like to consider or apply for one of these posts. The packet contains the Notice of Candidacy and Affidavit, Campaign Finance Act, Declaration of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions, Affidavit of Candidate Intent Not to Exceed $2,500 in Contributions, District Map, City Charter, City Strategic Plan, and the Budget,. Additional information for individuals can be found on the City’s Website.

 

For additional information or assistance, please contact the City Clerk, Ms. Lisa Chastain.

 

 The Cochran-Bleckley Recreation Department is accepting applications for a part-time Fields/Grounds Maintanance Worker.  For more information on this position, please click on Read More.

 

 The City of Cochran is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Kevin Noles as the new Fire Chief of the Cochran-Bleckley Fire Department.  The new Chief will start work on August 24th.  To view Fire Chief Nole's Letter of Application and Resume, please click on the appropreiate highlighted item.

 

 The Industrial Development Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nicole Ward as the new President/CEO of our combined Industrial Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce of Cochran-Bleckley County.  The new CEO will start work on August 17th.  To view Ms. Ward's Resume, please click on the highligted item.

 

 The Cochran-Bleckley County County Fest is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th.  To view the flyer for this event, please click on Read More.

 

 The City and County have signed a shared services agreement to create the Cochran/Bleckley Airport Authority. To learn more, please click on Read More.