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Bethlehem Council Discusses Annexation

The Barrow County News reports the town council is considering looking into annexing properties into the town limits.

While the city of Winder is executing a plan to extend its city limits to Ga. Highway 316 through annexation, the Bethlehem Town Council discussed the same topic during a recent meeting, the Barrow County News reports. 

Mayor Sandy McNab brought up the possibility of hiring a consultant to assist the town with talking to property owners about annexing into the town's limits.

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A recent report by the Barrow Journal that the city of Winder has begun an "aggressive annexation plan" to extend its city limits all the way to Ga. Highway 316 was confirmed by Mayor David Maynard and Winder City Administrator Donald Toms, who outlined reasons Winder is seeking to expand its boundaries. 

What do you think about the city of Winder and the town of Bethlehem both looking at annexation around Ga. Highway 316? Tell us in comments. 

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Marne M October 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Of course they want to annex the areas up to 316, as that area is rapidly expanding, and they want a part of the tax revenue. I would like to know: 1) Are the citizens unhappy with their current services? (Fire, EMS, Police, etc.) 2) What is the incorporated tax rate for Bethlehem and Winder vs the tax rate for Unincorporated tax rate? 3) What would the loss in tax revenue for the county represent in terms of loss of services for the other residents of unincorporated Barrow County? I live in an unincorporated area of the county (nor am I in an area threatened by this incorporation). I would fight incorporation if I was in a position where I had to do so -- I don't want the additional laws and regulations of a city on top of the county, not to mention the additional taxes.
Mark D. Fenley October 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I agree with Marne M. I am in one of the affected areas and I along with several of my neighbors agree and have already discussed hiring of lawyers to fight the annexation.
G. Baysinger October 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM
I am in the area to be affected. No one cared about these property's till all this constructions started. Now everyone wants a piece of the pie.

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