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Concerned Citizens For Effective Government

The mission is to hold our public and elected officials accountable and help to improve the quality of life for our citizens by making sure our voices are heard in the areas of governance, representation, and accountability. We will strive to hold our leaders to their oaths of office, high standards and to the same laws they enact.

Ed Williams. Ed.D. Chair
Concerned Citizens For Effective Government

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Against South DeKalb Cityhood Blog


Say No to Shot Gun Cities in DeKalb.  We are being held with a gun barrel pointed at our heads. We are being told that we will pay more taxes than the others in the county if we do not form a city. We are being lead to believe that more government is better.

Self-determination is the right of all mankind and so is the right to vote. Who will pay for all these governments? We currently have a federal government, a state government, a county government and most have a homeowners association.  Now we are told we need a city? Why?  What happened to freedom?  Residents should know all the facts and the truth before a referendum is placed on the ballot. The residents should know who the real winners and losers will be if DeKalb is allowed to fracture into separate parts. Who will really benefit?


What cityhood will likely bring is more government with rules and regulations, more jails and courts, more crime, more corruption, more traffic tickets, more code enforcement, less businesses, and bad customer service. The proponents of cityhood want to use our tax money and bond funding to create projects and jobs. They will do this with 30 year bonds which will be tied to property taxes for years to come. All while a few people will become rich and the majority of us will be stuck with the bills. The question we are facing is should the government allocate private funds (property taxes) or should private entities allocate capital for public or private investment? What services should government provide or privatize? Will the cost and efficiency be better as a city or county if we look at economy to size factors?


The HOST property tax exemption, which rides on top of your Homestead, vanishes in a new city, as the HOST is covered by a penny of sales tax collected by DeKalb. This will result in an automatic property tax increase, averaging 15-30 percent when you leave unincorporated DeKalb. Ask homeowners in Brookhaven and Dunwoody...

The combined revenue hits of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, If Tucker and possibly LaVista Hills, followed by possibly Stonecrest or South DeKalb become cities it will begin to make it financially unfeasible to support/fund countywide police and fire. Granted there are now service gaps and domestic dispute calls flood and back up 911 response times, but imagine us getting back to a patch work of 11-14 P.D.s, and only the Sheriff's office having county-wide jurisdiction. We are heading that way.

New York State has more than 4,000 local governments, cities, townships, villages, local boards of education, counties, etc... New Jersey is similar. Those are two of the highest taxing states in country. Only California and Taxachusetts come close.

We have to focus on demanding what we are already paying for and quit viewing local government as a patronage and jobs program, local government should be about services for the taxpayers and citizens of that community...not employing everyone's niece, nephew, uncle or cousin...

 
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The mission of the organization is to advocate for effective government and to provide information about cityhood and annexation to DeKalb County residents.  Citizens Against Cityhood supports a moratorium on any new city formations.  We believe that the residents of DeKalb deserve a more deliberate process; and that the state legislature needs to make changes to the cityhood and annexation process. 

1.            We should have some say so at the front end of the process as to whether communities are included in the new city boundaries.
2.            It would be equally appropriate for our state legislators to amend the annexations and consolidation laws to prohibit hostile takeovers without the consent of the governed.
3.            Some states have laws that require the cities to make up for the lost revenues of the county
4.            Alternatives have not been presented to residents in the affected area. For example, smaller cities, opting out of the city, change the annexation laws, court action.  Alternative forms of quasi-cities should be considered, private residential associations or communities and special districts could also be alternatives to cityhood.

More time should be given to residents to become informed in terms of the impact cityhood would have on their communities and DeKalb County.  We do not believe that new cities should be created for the purpose of avoiding prior pension and bond obligations.  We strongly believe that taxes should be equitably applied to all residents in both incorporated and unincorporated DeKalb.  We do not believe that a city will create jobs,  that is the mission of the chamber of commerce, and private citizens. We do not want to trade our suburban communities for an urban jungle; We do not want more crime, corruption, and government.  We want better leadership and collaboration all over North, Central and South DeKalb.

Imagine if we added more States because we wanted more local control from the federal government. There are over 20,000 cities in U.S. Do we need more?   Should we create 500,000 homeowner associations (HOA) with different rules and ordinances? The Internet is a revolutionary concept that crosses all governments' boundaries, languages, and borders. How can trade and commerce flourish when we seem to be doing the opposite by creating boundaries in DeKalb and Fulton? So much for Google fiber.

Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution says, "The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand". This would mean that we would need 10,000 US representatives. So what do we do? 

DeKalb county has a population of 715,000 residents. As an alternative, DeKalb could consider adding more commissioners to represent the growth in DeKalb population and to provide more representation and local attention. Currently there are 5 commissioner districts and two at large commissioners. The growth and diversity of the population is one reason that more commissioners are needed to provide greater representation. The city of Atlanta which has a population 450,000, and it has 12 council districts, council president and 3 at large council seats.

It is a shame that when there is a problem with local government we look to change the form of government instead of replacing the person(s) in the position. This is usually an indication that the electorate is very unhappy when they want to abolish the form of government instead of getting rid of the Bum. It is easier to create a city than to remove a corrupt elected official from office.  There should be a provision in the county/city charter that allows the electorate to recall political office holders by the voters when they are not doing their jobs effectively or violating their oaths of office. This should apply to part-time and full-time political office holders. The electorate must make sure there are procedures in place to remove corrupt leaders and to address issues related to vacancies.

Residents of South DeKalb won’t get to decide if they want a city of Stonecrest or Greenhaven this year because ...
South DeKalb could look like Clayton County, Miami Gardens, Tuskegee, Alabama, East Saint Louis, Liberty City, Gary Indiana, Detroit, Washington, DC, or Ferguson, Missouri if the cityhood bill is passed by the state assembly and the referendum is passed by the voters. Ask the proponents of cityhood which city they plan to use as a model for South DeKalb or Stonecrest. I do not mean what the feasibility study used. I mean which city do proponents believe South DeKalb will look like with similar demographics and population. South DeKalb (Greenhaven) uses the New York City skyline in their logo. Would you put your trust in someone that does not have a plan and a model of what they are proposing?

Ask the proponents of cityhood to try their economic development experiment somewhere else like South DeKalb Mall or West End. Macon, or Tuskegee, Alabama before trying it on us. We want to see the evidence.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/DeKalb-Economic-Development-Industries/462241587259268?ref=hl


Do Not Believe the Hype!!! Unincorporated DeKalb is not paying more for Bonds and Pensions than others in DeKalb County.  It is not true and the facts are being stretched to create fear.  The proponents of cityhood are simply not explaining the differences in the services and how the pension is funded.   


According to the county budget department, the new cities are contributing to the county pension plan, though not to the same extent as if they had not become a city.   The typical portion that new cities may not be equally contributing to are police and designated services if new cities are providing their own services in those areas.  All the other county funds contribute to the pension.

Ask for specifics so that you can make an informed decision. Do the proponents have any evidence or record to show what they can do?
The proponents for cityhood have not described what assets they are wanting to protect.   Are these the assets? Is this what economic development looks like? More of the same.  Are there real commitments from major companies to create jobs and plants in our community?

Burger King
McDonalds
Chick Fil-A
Churchs Chicken
KFC
Popeyes
Dollar General
Quick Trip (QT)
Dunkin Donuts
Walmart
Family Dollar
Chinese Restaurants
BP
Chevron
Shell
Texaco
Pizza Hut
Dominos Pizza
Motel/Hotel 2
Krispy Creme
Waffle House
Autozone
O Reilly Auto
Liquor R Us Ken and Chris
Nails R Us
Beauty Products and Weaves R Us




There are no major companies plants or offices located in South DeKalb, such as:
  
Delta Air Lines*
27,344
Emory University **
22,242
Wal-Mart
17,689
BellSouth Corp.
15,800
DeKalb County Schools*
12,968
Publix Super Markets
10,650
Wellstar Health System
10,112
City Of Atlanta
8,657
United States Postal Service
8,520
IBM
7,500
DeKalb County Government*
7,498

Georgia Dapartment of Human Resources
7,425

United Parcel Service
7,351

Suntrust Banks
7,287

Emory Healthcare*
6,690

Cox Enterprises
6,177

Waffle House
6,093

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*
6,002









DeKalb County Tax Millage Rates for 2010 to 2015 (Current)


The total millage rate of the cities in DeKalb are linked to the population size and services. The smaller cities have a higher city millage rate in general. Stone Mountain, Clarkston, and Lithonia are paying higher millage rates than unincorporated DeKalb. City of Decatur millage fluctuates but is similar to unincorporated, and the same with Dunwoody and Brookhaven fluctuating between 2 to 5 millage rate difference. Since 2010 to 2015 Unincorporated DeKalb millage rate changed from 40.09 to 45.29; Dunwoody went from 39.33 to 45.00; Decatur 43.84 to 43.18; Stone Mountain from 46.81 to 59.69; and Clarkston from 48.32 to 59.82 The differences in the unincorporated millage rate and the cities' millage rates are with special services and police.


DeKalb County  Current Tax Millage Rate

https://taxcommissioner.dekalbcountyga.gov/TaxCommissioner/PDF/Forms/Millage.pdf


DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2015
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6rHTsNOsLE_Z1hfQ2IzNXFRWWM/view?usp=sharing
DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2014
https://drive.google.com/…/0B6rHTsNOsLE_VDdsT3hwekdob…/view…
DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2013
https://drive.google.com/…/0B6rHTsNOsLE_enNOYk1NTTd1S…/view…
DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2012
https://drive.google.com/…/0B6rHTsNOsLE_c3RVcXV3dmZOM…/view…
DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2011
https://drive.google.com/…/0B6rHTsNOsLE_QzlQT1g4ZnFWT…/view…
DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2010
https://drive.google.com/…/0B6rHTsNOsLE_c0k1VG5HdHctY…/view…






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View House and Senate Bills for city charter


Stonecrest
Status
HB539
Failed
SB208
Failed

Greenhaven

HB613
Failed
SB221
Failed

Tucker

HB515
Passed House

City of Tucker is not a done deal.  It has to go before the residents for a vote on Nov 3, 2015.  Do not believe the Hype.
Passed Senate

LaVista Hills

HB520
Passed House

City of LaVista Hills is not a done deal.  It has to go before the residents for a vote on Nov 3, 2015.  Do not believe the Hype.
Passed
Senate

South Fulton

HB165
Passed House/Failed




Atlanta City Limits Annexation

HB586
HB587
Failed
HB661
Clarkston City Limits Annexation


http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/661
Passed

City of Clarkston annexation is not a done deal.  It has to go before the residents for a vote on Nov 3, 2015.  Do not believe the Hype.


Decatur City Limits Annexation

HB663
Failed


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The new South DeKalb city as proposed by the Concerned Citizens for Cityhood in South DeKalb would be smaller in ...


Don’t Believe the Hype. The city of East Saint Louis is what South DeKalb “Greenhaven” could look like if the cityhood bill is passed for South DeKalb.  Crime and corruption on steroids.  Quality of Life and small town values will be lost if the cityhood is promoted in DeKalb.  We are a suburb of Atlanta.  We live here in unincorporated DeKalb because we do not want to be in an urban center.

There are border issues with the proposed city of Greenhaven and the City of Lithonia, Stonecrest, Stone Mountain, and Decatur.   In addition, there are several serious tax issues that should be resolved with DeKalb County as it relates to all these new cities attempting to avoid their tax obligations.  Passing these cityhood bills will create greater issues with DeKalb County pensions and bonds accounts. The tax and funding inequity will ultimately in up in court, Particularly since many lawmakers appear to be ignoring their fiduciary responsibility with allowing the new cities to avoid the pension and bond payments to the county.

The Carl Vinson Institute report was a feasibility study and it only evaluated the financial viability of the proposed new city.  The report was based on minimum city services: Parks and recreation, zoning, and code enforcement.  The report did not include and qualitative data or resident interviews.  The study did not use similar city demographics to compare costs, and the report did not consider the impact of the new city impact on the DeKalb County as a government.  The report does not validate the necessity or efficacy of forming a new city.  The report did not consider the views of the residents of the affected area.

The Communities and Neighborhoods did not have the opportunity to opt in or out of any of the boundaries of the proposed cities. We are being told that we only have the ability to say Yes or No at the end of process during the referendum. This does not make any sense. We should have some say so at the front end of the process as to whether communities are included in the new city boundaries. What if, where you lived, this was done to you?   A group of people, that have not been elected by anyone, drafts up a city proposal, creates a boundary map, and creates a charter and then ask the state to sanction it.  You would be outraged, like I am.

There are disputes over which neighborhoods should be included in the boundaries with LaVista Hills, Tucker, Decatur, Lithonia, Clarkston and Stonecrest and other communities. There should be a timeout in order to keep this frenzy from becoming a nightmare for everyone.

Hwang and Sampson, two researchers found that by the late 2000s, racial composition did in fact have a significant effect on a neighborhood's chance of improvement and ultimate gentrification. The neighborhoods that saw the most improvement met a minimum threshold proportion of white residents—about 35 percent—and a maximum threshold of black residents—about 40 percent.

These researchers found that the difference in reinvestment levels between neighborhoods of 35 and 45 percent black residents was more than twice the gap in extent of gentrification between neighborhoods of 5 and 15 percent black residents.




City of East Saint Louis Ranked the country’s 100 most dangerous cities




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The position of Concerned Citizens Against Cityhood in South DeKalb (CCACSD) - Ed Williams, Chair

Website: ccegdekalb.blogspot.com




Concerned Citizens for Cityhood in South DeKalb (CCCSD) thinks that it is making gumbo soup. It is proposing to just take a lot of neighborhoods and lump them together and call it a city.  The group chose "Greenhaven" a country name for the proposed city.  The name selection process was not democratic or inclusive.  

Residents are being told that we will have to pay more taxes if we do not form a city. I think citizens would be better served if the CCCSD would file a court case against the county and the other cities about the tax liabilities and pension obligations that are not being shared by all the property owners of the county.  The CCCSD wants the citizens of South DeKalb to believe that creating the city will create economic development.

Well the Concerned Citizens Against Cityhood in South DeKalb (CCACSD) do not believe this will happen in fact, we believe this city will become a haven for drugs, crime and bad schools. There should be a way for South DeKalb citizens to opt out of the new city if they do not want to be a part of it.

We do not know if the neighborhood units or community leaders are in support of the cityhood concept. Do they want to be in a smaller city or to remain a part of the county? We have yet to see one elected leader or prominent business leader or any economic expert support the effort beyond members of the CCCSD.

How can a new city such as the city of Dunwoody or Brookhaven not be equally responsible for pension and bonds that were already obligated prior to their cityhood makes no sense.

It would be equally appropriate if our political leaders ask state legislators to amend the annexations and consolidation laws to prohibit hostile takeovers without the consent of the governed. Some states have laws that require the cities to make up for the lost revenues of the county. This is what the CCCSD is alarmed about, and rightly so.

It seems that shotgun cities are appearing all over DeKalb County. Who will pay the county bills once all the local communities become cities? Will the county file bankruptcy and then North DeKalb merge with Milton?

Concerned Citizens Against Cityhood in South DeKalb (CCACSD would suggest that the state Legislature stop this cityhood movement in the county. The county needs leadership on this issue. Citizens should not remain silent on this issue. We need leadership from the state Legislature.



Reasons why the new city of Greenhaven (South DeKalb) and Stonecrest should not be created.  Need more Details. Alternatives Missing from Discussion. 

website: ccegdekalb.blogspot.com

1. The roof on fire fear tactic approach is not a good way to make public policy. At the very least, citizens should be given time to consider the options and evaluate what another layer government would mean for the region. The rationale that proponents use for the justification for a new city in south DeKalb to leverage resources, avoid pension and bond costs, avoid annexation and focus efforts on economic development are not the only factors to be considered when creating a new city. There are many other factors that residents should consider in order to evaluate whether forming a city would be a good idea. The truth is that many of the business in our community we do not own; and the business community does not support cityhood; there are no business commitments; no evidence of economic development and no track record.

2.  Alternatives have not been presented to residents in the affected area. For example, smaller cities, opting out of the city, change the annexation laws, court action.  Alternative forms of quasi-governmental communities should be considered, private residential associations or communities and special districts could also be alternatives to cityhood. In addition, the impact on the County has not been evaluated and presented as to what would likely happen if all the unincorporated areas became cities.  The objectives, goals, and benefits have not been explained in any detail that could be evaluated.  The Citizens Against Cityhood in south DeKalb believe that we can leverage resources and assets at the County level, particularly since the majority of the County commissioners and interim CEO are from south DeKalb.

3.  Annexation is being used as a scare tactic.  Annexation is not a simple process.  The community or property owner has to agree to be annexed.  Property cannot just  be taken or seized.

4.  There is no historical evidence that forming a city will provide or attract significant private investment in a community that lacks demographics diversity; South DeKalb has an African American population of over 90% and Stonecrest is over 95%. During the last 40 years, the City of Atlanta population was never more than 70% and  there was no significant economic development in the African American neighborhoods. Most of the economic development occurred outside of the African American neighborhoods.

5.  The latest two cities Dunwoody and Brookhaven taxes are expected to increase.  

6.  The proposed new city of Greenhaven (south DeKalb) and Stonecrest will only provide the following services initially parks and recreation, zoning, and code enforcement.  The County will continue to provide Water, Sanitation, Police and Fire, Library, 911, Ambulance, Marta, Hospital, Court services, Road, and many others.The new cities will not have any impact on public safety or crime.  The police service will continue to be provided by DeKalb county.

7.  The name of the new city Greenhaven should be changed.  The reason given for the name is suspect.  The name will not change the region's image, and the name has no relevance to the historical legacy or the future of the region. The name lacks appeal, it sounds like a funeral home or cemetery name.  Need information on how to change the name from Greenhaven.

8.  The creation of a new city will likely create the condition for the formation of a new school district.  This would likely split the DeKalb school district along North and South boundaries.  This will impact property taxes, and will likely cause property taxes to dramatically increase.  Ninety percent of the students in the DeKalb School System are African American and less than 10% are White.

9.  The proposed new city of Greenhaven (south DeKalb) and Stonecrest will likely create the need to generate more revenue through code enforcement and ordinance.  This would likely result in increase citations from the county and the new city.

10.  The proposed new city of Greenhaven (south DeKalb) should probably be smaller and residents should consider the formation of more than one city if there is a real need.  Instead of a mega city.

11.  The residents in the affected areas have not been made aware of the issues of cityhood and its impact on their community and the county. Many residents would likely want to remain living in unincorporated DeKalb.

12.  The rationale for the new city is not valid. A new city being created in another part of DeKalb County is not a valid reason for south DeKalb citizens to do the same.  The demographics are different.  The majority of the DeKalb commissioners are citizens from south DeKalb, including the interim CEO.   Central and south DeKalb already control the county legislative and executive body of DeKalb government.  South DeKalb already is in the position to set the agenda.  South DeKalb has to elect the right leaders.

13.  Cities cannot create private jobs.  A city can create a friendly business climate, if the right people are elected.  The new jobs that the new proposed city would create will likely come at the expense of lost revenue from  DeKalb County.  The County would likely experience a work force reduction, as a consequence of the formation of new cities.

14.  The Carl Vinson Institute report was a feasibility study and it only evaluated the financial viability of the proposed new city.  The report was based on minimum city services: Parks and recreation, zoning, and code enforcement.  The study did not use cities with similar demographics to compare costs, and the report did not consider the impact of the new city impact on the DeKalb County as a government.  The report does not validate the necessity or efficacy of forming a new city.  The report did not consider the views of the businesses or residents of the affected area.

15.  There is no information on time table for adding other services like police to the proposed new city services.  Need more information on the process to amend the charter to add other services, and how long will it take to amend the charter.  .

16.  There is no information on how each of the communities within the boundary of the new proposed city will have to choose either to become part of the new city or opt out and remain unincorporated.  It appears that the CCCSD has already included all the unincorporated communities in south DeKalb in its new city.  Information is needed in regards to the referendum process, as to how and when each community will have the opportunity to vote rather to be part of the new city or opt out. The way the CCCSD has conducted the cityhood process and drawn up the map it assumes that all the communities and neighborhoods within the borders want to be in the new city.

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News Articles Related to the Topic of Cityhood.



Residents speak out about proposed south DeKalb cities
http://thechampionnewspaper.com/news/local/residents-speak-out-about-proposed-south-dekalb-cities/
http://www.scribd.com/doc/293529852/Champion-FreePress-12-18-15

Senate, House committee reports raise many issues about cityhood efforts 12-19-2015
http://oncommongroundnews.com/local-news/item/1278-senate-house-committee-reports-raise-many-issues-about-cityhood-efforts.html

Slow down proposed Greenhaven reform the process for cityhood Dec 11, 2015
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6rHTsNOsLE_TWFlT2xQd2p5dDA/view?usp=sharing

I Like My County and I want to Make It Better pg 4A
http://www.scribd.com/doc/283948366/FREEPRESS-100915

Forum North DeKalb Residents Debate the Cityhood pg 10A
http://www.scribd.com/doc/283948366/FREEPRESS-100915

Forum Residents Debate the Cityhood pg 10A
http://www.scribd.com/doc/283948407/FREEPRESS-100215

Crowd flocks to learn more about Greenhaven cityhood proposal
http://oncommongroundnews.com/local-news/itemlist/date/2015/9/28.html


I Like My County and I want to Make It Better pg 4A 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/283948366/FREEPRESS-100915 

Forum North DeKalb Residents Debate the Cityhood pg 10A 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/283948366/FREEPRESS-100915 

Forum Residents Debate the Cityhood pg 10A 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/283948407/FREEPRESS-100215 

Forum Rignites Debate on Cityhood in south DeKalb 
http://issuu.com/crossroadsnews/docs/oct0315 

Residents Share concerns for Cityhood pg 12A Sept 11, 2015
http://www.scribd.com/doc/281110730/FreePress-9-11-15


Letter to ICEO Lee May and BOC pg 4A (August 27, 2015)

 
What have you done for me lately? April 17, 2015 p5A
http://www.scribd.com/doc/262161269/FreePress-4-17-15

No referendum this year for new cities in South DeKalb April 10, 2015
http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2015/apr/10/no-referendum-year-new-cities-south-dekalb/

Cityhood: There's got to be a better way Mar 11 2015
http://atlantaforward.blog.ajc.com/2015/03/12/cityhood-theres-got-to-be-a-better-way/

Opinion: Stop the DeKalb cityhood movement Mar 12 2015 p18A
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/opinion/opinion-stop-the-dekalb-cityhood-movement/nkS4F/

Reasons why the city of Greenhaven should not be created. pg 5A
http://www.scribd.com/doc/258643794/Champion-FreePress-3-12-15

DeKalb Needs Leadership Formation New Cities
http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2015/feb/27/dekalb-needs-leadership-formation-new-cities/

Issue of cityhood rooted in fear, mismanagement
http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2015/feb/27/issue-cityhood-rooted-fear-mismanagement/

Cityhood would not benefit residents South-DeKalb
http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2014/aug/01/cityhood-would-not-benefit-residents-south-dekalb/

Citizens should say no thanks Greenhaven name
http://crossroadsnews.com/news/2015/feb/06/citizens-should-say-no-thanks-greenhaven-name/

Open Letter to Citizens of DeKalb County
http://www.scribd.com/doc/256376365/Champion-FreePress-2-19-15

A better name than ‘Greenhaven’ needed (pg 4)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/255659905/FreePress-2-13-15#scribd

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Other Resources

DeKalb County District Maps

FAQ Cityhood and Annexation (DeKalb Strong)

Proponents of Cityhood in South DeKalb

Proponents of Cityhood in Stonecrest 

Proponents of Cityhood in South Fulton

Proponents of Cityhood in Tucker

Opponents of Cityhood in Tucker

Proponents of Cityhood in LaVista Hills

Opponents of Cityhood in LaVista Hills

Proposed New City of Greenhaven Feasibility 2015 Report 

Proposed New City of Stonecrest Feasibility 2015 Report 

Proposed New City of Failed Stonecrest Feasibility 2013 Report

Proposed New City of South Fulton Feasibility 2014 Report

Proposed New City of LaVista Hills Feasibility 2015 Report

Proposed New City of Lakeside Feasibility Study
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/lakesideyes/pages/28/attachments/original/1402579997/lakeside-final_112013.pdf?1402579997


Proposed New City of Briarcliff Feasibility Study 
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/lakesideyes/pages/75/attachments/original/1421097270/Briarcliff_Report_-_Final_12_17_13.pdf?1421097270

Proposed New City of Tucker 2015 Feasibility Study

Proposed New City of Tucker 2013 Feasibility Study

Dunwoody Feasibility Study
http://www.scribd.com/.../CVI-Dunwoody-Feasibility-Study

Brookhaven Feasibility Study
http://www.scribd.com/.../CVI-Brookhaven-Feasibility-Study

Peachtree Corners Feasibility Study
http://www.scribd.com/.../CVI-Peachtree-Corners-Fiscal...


Greenhaven Proposed City Charter

Stonecrest Proposed City Charter
 
South Fulton Proposed City Charter

Tucker Proposed City Charter

LaVista Hills Proposed City Charter

Avondale Estates City Charter

Chamblee City Charter

Clarkston City Charter

Decatur City Charter

Doraville City Charter

DeKalb County Georgia Organization Act (Charter)

Lithonia City Charter

Pine Lake City Charter

Stone Mountain City Charter

City of Atlanta Charter

Other City Charters and Ordinances 

Winship (Fake City Charter)

Clarkston Annexation Bill Passed (HB661)


Proposed Annexation HB586 of Druid Hills into City of Atlanta Annexation Bill

Proposed Annexation HB587 of Druid Hills into City of Atlanta Annexation Bill

Proposed Annexation HB663 into City of Decatur Annexation Bill




List of Lawmakers who sponsored cityhood and annexation bills in the General Assembly 2015

Salaries of State and County Officials

DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2015

DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2014

DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2013

DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2012

DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2011

DeKalb County Tax Millage Rate 2010

The facts about DeKalb, is that only 20% of the residents currently live in incorporated municipalities, the other 80% live in unincorporated parts of DeKalb.   
In November two referendums could place another 20% of DeKalb residents into municipalities if the referendums are passed by voters in LaVista HIls, and Tucker







City
Incorporation Date
Area
Population
Current Rate
Maximum Rate
South Fulton (proposed city)
XXX
105 sq mi
90,000

13.469 millage
Greenhaven (proposed city)
XXX
126.2 sq mi
294,000

1.5 millage
Stonecrest
(proposed city)
XXX
29.6 sq mi
50,000

3.35 millage
LaVista Hills (referendum)



5.00 millage
Tucker (referendum)



1 millage
Dunwoody
Dec 1, 2008
13.7 sq mi
46,267
2.74
3.04 millage
Brookhaven
Dec 17, 2012
12 sq mi
49,173
2.795
3.35 millage
Clarkston
Dec 12, 1882
1.1 sq mi
7,554

21.110

Decatur
Dec 10, 1823
4.2 sq mi
19,335
33.50

Stone Mountain
Jan 1, 1839
1.6 sq mi
5,802
22.00

Lithonia
Jan 1, 1970
0.8 sq mi
1,924
17.869

Pine Lake
Dec, 1937
0.2 sq mi

730
28.10

Doraville
Dec 15, 1871
3.6 sq mi
8,330
8.75

Chamblee
Aug 17, 1908
3.5 sq mi
9,892
6.40

Avondale Estate
Jan 1, 1927
1.1 sq mi

2,960

10.957

Atlanta
Dec 29, 1845

132.4 sq mi
420,003
34.245

DeKalb County
Dec 9, 1822
268.3 sq mi

739,956

21.21
unincorp