Wednesday November 12th is a crucial day for the City of Decatur Annexation debate. The Decatur City Commission and the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education will hold a joint work session to go over the annexation draft. Here they will discuss how increasing the population will effect the schools and residents.
The City of Decatur Strategic Plan, published in 2010, includes annexation as part of Goal 9: Expand and diversify the city’s revenue base. Task 9B states: “Explore annexation opportunities in partnership with the City Schools of Decatur that expand the property tax base and enhance school operations.”
For months, residents of City of Decatur and the possible annexation areas have submitted petitions both to be included and excluded from the new plan. The proposal may be beneficial for some but others have no desire to be annexed. Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Amy Carter has stated that DeKalb County city-hood proponents have until November 15th, 2014 to submit an agreed upon map. If this doesn’t happen, she will appoint a five-member panel to produce a map by December 31, 2015.
If City of Decatur and DeKalb County cannot agree and the panel is implemented, local residents may lose their say in the annexation process. Although the petition deadline has already passed, there are still opportunities to get involved!
The Annexation meeting will begin at 6pm at Decatur City Hall located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.
Other Important Dates
November 12, 2014 – Joint Work Session with City Commission and Board of Education.
December 1, 2014 – Final report released to the public.
December 9, 2014 – Board of Education considers adoption of a resolution regarding the Annexation Master Plan.
December 15, 2014 – City Commission officially receives the Annexation Master Plan. Considers adoption of an annexation resolution.
If the City Commission adopts a plan then the General Assembly of Georgia will spend January-April 2015 considering and adopting a legislation incorporating the annexation request, including authorizing a referendum. If this passes and Governor Nathan Deal signs it, a referendum will be held on November 3, 2015. If the referendum passses in the affirmative, then:
December 15, 2015 – Annexation is effective.
June 1, 2016 – First Installment tax bills are due.
Please check back for more information on how this annexation could effect resident taxes, home values, and schools.
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– Nora Levesque