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Parent, Jacobs Support Proposed Two-Year Cityhood Process

A bill now before the Georgia General Assembly would solidify the process a community must take before it becomes a city.


Two Brookhaven lawmakers are lending their bipartisan support to a bill that would formalize the road to cityhood.

State Reps. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, and Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, have co-signed HB 671, which stipulates that communities wanting to become their own city go through a two-year state legislative process.

Both Jacobs and Parent agree the law would not affect the prospects of a Brookhaven cityhood vote in 2012.

HB671 was pre-filed before the current General Assembly convened by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur.

“The bill codifies the process that we already use,” Jacobs said. “And it’s a good process. It’s the same process Dunwoody followed when it became a city, and the same process that Brookhaven is following.

“It’s a fair process, and it’s important for proper notice to be given to the public and for an academic institution to crunch the numbers and perform the study,” who is the main legislative sponsor for a city of Brookhaven.

The bill is also being supported by state Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody.

If passed, communities wanting to become a city must have a bill introduced in the first year of a legislative session, and to have a financial and feasibility study performed by an independent entity. A legislative vote could then follow in the session’s second year.

“Creating a city is obviously very important and a difficult undertaking,” Parent said. “The process needs to be thoroughly studied and vetted. The community needs time to discuss it and make sure all its citizens are informed.”

For her part, Parent still believes the Brookhaven cityhood momentum needs to .

“At least my constituents think it should slow down,” she said. “Creating a new city isn’t something you should do half-cocked.”

Oliver, the bill’s sponsor, believes communities throughout the entire metro Atlanta area have cityhood on their minds.

“We’ll be in the municplization process for the next 20 years,” Oliver said. “We don’t have a formal process yet in place that is satisfactory.”

Frustrated Incorporated January 31, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Very brilliant Guru. But you are wrong. I will leave it at that.
Chuck Konas January 31, 2012 at 02:56 AM
@Guru Why should I have to vote to defend a system that I bought into almost 30 years ago. I do live in the proposed boundaries and am fine with it. If you're not then move but leave the rest of us alone.
GuruLikeDrucker January 31, 2012 at 06:00 PM
@ Gabacho. Based on your comments, I suspect your Mexican neighbors use the term gabacho frequently when speaking of you.
don Gabacho January 31, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Given Guru's penchant for saving his more unsavory comments in posts that cannot directly be responded: "Rep. Parent moves to annex Dresden East to Chamblee...I am sure... don G...will suddenly see all of the advantages of 'cityhood', all of the noise from those concerned about the wealthy neighborhoods stealing resources from DeKalb County..." Despite my stated concerns regarding the forming of any new city, or expansion of any city, when offices of the "obsessively corporatist" Mexican Government direct even the registration of voters for US elections from our own neighborhood? Again: http://bit.ly/nkqBuS http://bit.ly/odEZbI http://bit.ly/nWDzCU What do you have against new proposals regarding governance being free from---at minimum---such "conflict of interest"? Likewise, our tasking our representatives to move immediately to have the Mexican Consulate responsible removed from even our own neighborhood? Likewise, our own representatives being so tasked? The next general election will be the most important since the 'Battle of Atlanta.' Re: Your "gabacho" (meaning gringo) insinuation: "Mexican neighbors" here call me by the full term "don Gabacho" just as Mexicans did when I lived in Mexico. It is a term of genuine respect. Excluded, of course, are the same "officials and employees" of the Mexican Government residing and working their offices nearly simultaneously here and in Mexico. "Clear enough"?
don Gabacho January 31, 2012 at 10:30 PM
"don Gabacho - Your comments never fail to confuse me." Try not regarding yourself a "Guru."

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