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Legislators To Discuss 'City of DeKalb' Nov. 29

Some people want to create a city out of DeKalb County's unincorporated land.

State senators from DeKalb County will meet this week to talk about possibly forming a "City of DeKalb."

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 29 in room 450 at the State Capitol, CrossroadNews.com reported.

A City of DeKalb has been talked about for decades but the idea has gained new urgency because more cities are forming in DeKalb County, like Brookhaven. Those cities reduce the county government's property tax revenue.

In the CrossRoads.com article, county officials said:

  • County Commissioner Jeff Rader: “What would be the main street and common interest. We won’t lose the county government. We will gain another layer of government.”
  • Commissioner Lee May: “It is not just about preserving revenue, but comprehensive planning for the county as a whole.”
  • Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton: “The entire county planned and put investments in infrastructure and then for a small group to take it without compensation for the county is not fair. ... We can’t let a few people destroy one of the best counties.”
Ralph Ellis November 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
How probable -- a City of DeKalb?
Thomas T Telford November 26, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Hmmmm. How is Mike Jacobs going to try to turn this into a BS right to vote issue like he did in Brookhaven? Whatever you do, if you want it to be successful, LEAVE JACOBS OUT OF IT!
wiggedout November 26, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Someone just needs to tell Burrell Ellis to get his **** together.
Les Klimek November 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM
They should put it in Clarkston
Steve November 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
If the new "city" includes the entirety of unincorporated DeKalb, then Tucker, like anywhere else that's not already a city in its own right, would not be able to make itself its own city without extreme difficulty.
patathomas November 27, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton: “The entire county planned and put investments in infrastructure and then for a small group to take it without compensation for the county is not fair. ... We can’t let a few people destroy one of the best counties.” What isn't fair is for the county to continue sucking revenue out of this area of DeKalb and give next to nothing back. The parks, roads, storm water-sewer system, everything except sanitation, in our area has been neglected by the county for years. But they keep going up on our property taxes with excuses like "it's the land value that has gone up even if home values have gone down." The situation in DeKalb County is not going to get any better.
Leah Salby November 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Patathomas, I agree. Why, the sanitation dept does not even empty waste containers on Orion Drive. Trash sits and grows for months! What are we paying for? Useless commissioners!
Ms. November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
He has no intention, and certainly no incentive, to do so.
Joe The Plumber November 27, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Good morning Leah. I think you hit the nail on the head. Alot of the blame does fall squarely on the commissioners. Take Elaine Boyer for example. There are parts of her district that we never see her in. We see Bob Lundsten, but very very rarely do we see our commissioner. And she has somehow figured out a way to get elected for 16+/- years. We need a changing of the guard and term limits.
Leah Salby November 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Good Morning Joe The Plumber, agreed! You know when RaceTrac was going to build that monstrosity by the Little Creek Horse Farm Conservancy I tried contacting the commissioners many times by phone and email. I never heard from them until the seller of the land withdrew his application to rezone for a RaceTrac. When I voted I saw most commissioners were incumbents with no other choices so that is why the are re elected!!! Ludicrous! I think we should contact the commissioners in their face and ask them where our county taxes are going. Why is county trash not picked up? Take pictures of the overflowing trash on Orion and send to them! Why don't they repave Orion and Hollywood Drives? Useless overpaid bureaucrats IMHO. The neighbors of Sargent Hills want that land by Orion Drive to be rezoned and make it a dog park. I see so many people walking their dogs. I know it would be an ideal thing for the area. I started a petition at change.org about it, but have not received much response. Get the area rezoned once and for all for non commercial use. It should be green space!
Roger That November 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Commissioner Lee May: “It is not just about preserving revenue, but comprehensive planning for the county as a whole.” LIE Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton: “The entire county planned and put investments in infrastructure and then for a small group to take it without compensation for the county is not fair. ... We can’t let a few people destroy one of the best counties.” BS North DeKalb has been getting screwed for generations. This is pure threat posturing by the county.
Joe The Plumber November 27, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Hi. The thing about green space is that it doesn't generate tax revenue to feed the government. With the creation of the city of Dunwoody which pulled 16mm from the county and the creation of Brookhaven which will pull 20+mm from the county, declines in property tax revenues and budget shortfalls, the county is in a real precarious position. They need to phone a friend or something. We need to get this mess cleared up. BUT, we need a certain quality of life and developing everything is not the answer for the sake of revenue. Be smarter with the money and close the gaps. Thats how to fix the issue...and KEEP THE PEOPLE HAPPY by being engaged and sincerely interested in what people want! As far as the park goes, try energizing your community and see if there is any widespread consensus. If there is get organized and start a 501C3 so you can take donations. Once organized see if the county will talk to you about a public/private partnership where they can kick in bond money along side your private fundraising efforts and try to buy the land. There are other outlets you can explore as well including Trust for Public Land and Park Pride. Yes...it is a tough row to hoe but it can be done. Just gotta get people to want it bad enough to put their money behind it. So much of what we deal with everyday is decided for us...never forget that the folks in the government are OUR EMPLOYEES. They either need to listen to us or get packing and it's up to all of us to be involved.
David S November 27, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Leah: Since this thread has veered a bit off topic anyway, I would suggest that you check out DeKalb’s Parks Bond Program. Bond issues in 2001 and 2005 resulted in a total of $230 million dedicated specifically to the purchase of land for parks/green space. The latest tally on the county website is that only $106 million has been spent. Anyone can “nominate” a piece of property to be bought with these funds, although, apparently, it helps to be a contributor to certain commissioners’ election campaigns (http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/greenspace/Nomination.html). A portion of the funds can also be used to develop the parks.
Leah Salby November 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
David S. Thanks.
michelle November 27, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I would like to see a strong effort towards forming a city of Northlake. Dunwoody and Brookhaven obviously felt they could do more if they managed their own money! Dunwoody has been quite successful and I expect Brookhaven to do the same. I would hope that everyone spreads the word about the county's efforts to prevent cities to be formed. The other option would be for the leaders of Dekalb to step up and change things so homeowners want to be part of Dekalb. It was a great county but has lost that status and is quickly headed on the same track as Clayton.

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