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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.”
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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