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DeKalb Delegation to Discuss Cityhood Monday Night

Members of the county legislative delegation invite the public to Clairmont Hills Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Members of DeKalb County's legislative delegation will hold a town hall meeting on growing cityhood efforts countywide Monday night.

The meeting will be held at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church at 1995 Clairmont Road from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), who sent an email to supporters.

The meeting will cover the process of creating new cities, associated tax implications and alternatives to cityhood, Oliver said. 

As it stands, bills have been filed to potentially support new cities in Tucker, the Lakeside High School area, the Druid Hills-Briarcliff area and Stonecrest. In her email, Oliver listed all the related bills filed this year:

HB 22---Primary Sponsor Mary Margaret Oliver.  HB 22 sets out additional procedures and enhanced financial requirements for creation of new cities.

HB 619—Primary Sponsor Mary Margaret Oliver.  HB 619 passed in 2013 and allows an area in unincorporated DeKalb that adjoins Chamblee to vote to be annexed into Chamblee

HB 665—Primary Sponsor Mary Margaret Oliver.  HB 665 is a placemholder bill to create new city of Briarcliff/Druid Hills.

HB 677—Primary Sponsor Billy Mitchell.  HB 677 would create a new city of Tucker.

HB 687---Primary Sponsor Pam Stephenson.  HB 687 limits the ability to annex new areas to existing cities by geography.

SB 270—Primary Sponsor Fran Millar.  SB 270 would create city of Lakeside

SB 275—Primary Sponsor Jason Carter.  SB 275 would create new city of LaVista Hills.

SB 278---Primary Sponsor Ron Ramsey.  SB 278 would create new city of Stonecrest.

The meeting will be attended almost entirely by Democratic state representatives, including Oliver, Bill Mitchell, Pam Stephenson, Michele Henson and Scott Holcomb. Democratic state Sens. Ron Ramsey and Jason Carter will also be there as will Republican state Sen. Fran Millar.

Ralph Ellis May 06, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Would new cities be good or bad for Decatur?

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