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Decatur Annexation Meeting Oct. 22

The public is invited to the meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in Decatur City Hall.

City of Decatur leaders and citizens will have a conversation from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, about the possibility the city will annex about 2,000 people into the city?

The public meeting will be held in city hall. The annexation page on the city website describes how the meeting will go

The format of the meeting will include an opening presentation at 6:00pm; questions and answers at 6:30pm and general public comments from 7:00pm–8:00pm. The City Commission will take public comments from residents of the City of Decatur as well as residents and property owners in the area proposed for annexation.

The city held another public meeting back in August, when officials released some of the numbers gathered to that point. The main ones: 2,028 people would be added to the city of about 19,000, including 230 school-age children.

The big question about annexation is how it would affect the city school system.

The city also released this timeline, which has the city commission deciding whether to move ahead on Dec. 3.

Here are some previous Patch stories about annexation.

  • Decatur school system starts annexation blog.
  • Decatur planning to annex.
  • Mayor says the city should annex Suburban Plaza.
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  • Could a 'City of DeKalb' affect annexation timetable?
Judd October 22, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Since the decision of the City Commission and School Board on this affects current city residents, I encourage my fellow Decaturites to attend. If the Commission and Board approve the proposal, nonresidents will get a referendum, but this is the primary forum for the Commission to hear from their constituents on this issue. My two cents, based on what I've learned from CSD's annexation workgroup: The impact on the schools would be significant. The context is a spike in enrollment of over 50% in the last six years, with growth expected to continue and max out and surpass the system classroom capacity. That's without annexation. The cost of annexation to the schools is expected to exceed the additional revenue, compelling a cut in services or a tax hike. The benefit to current residents has yet to be articulated, and perhaps we'll hear more on that tonight. On the CSD side, you can gather information and weigh in or ask questions on their annexation blog: http://www.csdecatur.net/AnnexationBlog The School Board will have a work session on annexation Oct 29.
D Ebaugh October 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Some of us do want to be annexed - it makes sense for our neighborhoods (which are a physical part of Decatur, even though we're not in the 'political lines' currently) to be a part of the City.
Ralph Ellis October 22, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Do you have annexation questions?
JAC October 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I live in Decatur. It seems to me that Decatur has enough revenue coming in already. How will this efect Druid Hils High school. I think it is a great school. I have a friend whos son goes to school their and he is doing very good in school. And he has excellent grades. I don't have any children but it seems to me that this will over crowd the school system. Decatur has enough money already.
Steve October 23, 2012 at 12:08 AM
It will have zero effect on DHHS since it is a DeKalb County school.

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