3/1: Process needed for creating towns?

Moderated by Rick Badie

North DeKalb residents want their corner of the world to become a city because they desire better services and lower property taxes. Brookhaven, some want to call it. With others, the name Ashford strikes a chord.

Today, a Democratic legislator proposes state guidelines to handle creations of towns. But State Rep. Mike Jacobs  who supports Brookhaven’s cityhood says no community should have to seek permission to dictate its destiny.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Davis responds to Jacobs’ commentary.

What do you think?

10 comments Add your comment


March 4th, 2012
9:16 am

If the people in this area want to incorporate into a new city then that should be their choice. Burrell Davis provides all of the reasons one may need to support them doing so…his blatant liberal agenda!


March 3rd, 2012
10:50 pm

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March 3rd, 2012
10:48 pm

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March 3rd, 2012
10:47 pm

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March 1st, 2012
7:02 pm

You all have good points. As the readers of the AJC are more spread out geographically, than those who are inside the boundaries of the proposed city, myself and many many others that live on the north side of town, do realize this affects every person in DeKalb County and conversely beyond that. There is an old saying that its easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission. I think that strikes right at the heart of this matter. In politics, it may be easier, faster, and more gratifying to do what you want, even if it may adversely affect others, this is not a trait or method of governance that I approve of in my elected officials.

Our government by design, is intended to be inclusive, to move slowly, deliberately, and with much trepidation. This is the only way our system can work for everyone and regulations, and yes, maybe sometimes permission, is the only way to ensure that ALL citizens who are affected ARE NOT EXCLUDED.

In my opinion, what defies logic is your belief that it’s alright for you and a handful of your supporters to impose your own will on nearly 50,000 citizens without asking THEIR PERMISSION FIRST. Permission from constituents, like other things worthwhile, is an ideal you should strive for. After all, to gain permission is to promote involvement and participation and isn’t that what a democracy is all about? I hope it still is and will always be. After all, isn’t our most precious virtue as a country supposed to be: Of the People, By the People and For the People? Thank you.

Jeff on on Outside

March 1st, 2012
1:23 pm

They don’t really want a process they want some obstacles.

Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and now Brookhaven are all breaking away from government they saw as both unrespnsive and hostile to their interests. Yet, east cobb, which has a nearly identical demographic to both Sandy Springs and to Dunwoody shows not the slightest interest in cityhood.

It’s the attitude of the county. In the case of both Fulton and DeKalb there is an undertone of “we are in charge, tough!”. Coming from aging race warriers like Darnell and Edwards it was more than an undertone. In Cobb County the government seems to be more interested in serving the citizens than in ruling them.

The result of course is nothing short of a revolution as groups of people who were not governed well, sought independence. The real sad thing is not the new cities that will make our metro area more complicated but the underlying incompetence and even malice that characterized county leadership in both Fulton and DeKalb.


March 1st, 2012
10:27 am

Please everyone remember this, most People do not care about the poor. Sure they say nice things and feel sorry sometimes but they don’t care period. This is demonstrated by people running for office who when their finances are revealed say oh I wish I gave more than 2 cents. What is funny is the people writing these same articles berating the amounts given by the rich and famous gave no more or even less on a percentage basis. Remember the homeless think those of us lucky enough to be working are RICH! I do believe however that everyone has the right to give or not to give. I just laugh when we see only the famous atheltes berated by the press for not giving enough. But the people who pay these athelete are giving even less than the athletes on average but nobody writes about that!


February 29th, 2012
9:46 pm

You never see these new cities form on natural geographic boundaries, and this is a prime example. Cherry pick the areas that are wealthy and cut out the poorer areas even though it doesn’t make sense geographically. Heaven forbid any of your tax money go to help poor people.

Hillbilly D

February 29th, 2012
8:30 pm

The County Unit System started in 1917, at which time Georgia had over 150 counties, so the County Unit System really had nothing to do with the number of counties that Georgia has.

As for these people starting new towns, that’s their business but they still have to pay county taxes, so the chances of their taxes going down are slim. They’ll probably go up because they’ll be paying county and city taxes, instead of just county taxes.


February 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

I believe there needs to be better planning of how cities are formed. Looking at how we have 159 counties due to the County Unit System and seeing how having too many counties is in actuality a major hassle to getting things done in the Atlanta area, having too many small cities adds an additional layer onto the problem. I don’t reject the notion of people incorporating an area into a city but I’d like to see more cohesiveness in cities and counties working together and even allowing existing cities to annex unincorporated areas.