Legislators To Discuss 'City of DeKalb'

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


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.

Here's what some county officials said in the CrossRoads.com article:

  • 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.”

See also:

News Nearby: North Druid Hills Residents Unsure About Cityhood

Senate Committee May Study City of DeKalb Idea

More DeKalb Communities Considering Cityhood


Harvey Scholl November 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
There is no way Druid Hills needs to be included in any City of De Kalb Planning, Most of Druid Hills is fine, but then there are areas like Druid Hills Division 3 (the streets Rosedale, Hancock, Amsterdam, Stillwood, Briarwood, Chalmette and Normandy) which are zoned to Briar Vista and as a result their homes sell for $100,000 or more less than their neighbors who enjoy City of Atlanta Schools like SPARK and Morningside. These streets need to be Annexed by the city of Atlanta! Lets not forget the fact they are also ignored by local Law Enforcement and on the wrong end of most public safety matters. As a result the Annex Me Atlanta movement is gathering steam amongst Druid Hills Division 3 residents. You can find it on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/annexmeatlanta
C. Osweive November 28, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Why, so those residents can pay double the property taxes they are paying now? Sounds like someone wants to get his kids into a different school and make his neighbors pick up the tab
Harvey Scholl November 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Common Myth Number 1: Property taxes will Double. Simply not true, but they will go up. $183 for every $100,000 in assessed property value. Thats based of the published millage rates on UnIncorporated Dekalb vs. Atlanta DeKalb. What we dont know is what the millage rate will be for City of DeKalb. They'll have to find a way to pay for a whole new layer of government.


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