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Holcomb Says City Moratorium Unlikely

Update from Rep. Scott Holcomb's Public Meeting on Central DeKalb Cities.

Rep. Scott Holcomb and Rep. Coach Williams hosted a public input meeting yesterday evening regarding the Lakeside vs. Tucker city movements. It was standing room only at the Tucker Reid Cofer Library. It was a solid hour and a half of mostly citizen comments, from people of all ages.

The majority of the comments were regarding the desire to keep the Tucker community in tact the way it is now. City groups were not permitted to present any information and the public comments were limited to those who live in the mapped area that was zoned by Tucker 2014 (which does not mirror the Tucker zip code or census designation) and Lakeside (which is currently a high school, but it is not known as a community with any recognizable boundaries).   More details to come, but items to note are: 

#1) Holcomb claimed that he did not believe there would be a moratorium on this issue. He said it may come by way of nothing moving through committee to get to them to vote on, but there will not be a moratorium decree. 

#2) Several people in the Evansdale Magnet Elementary School community (who also do not currently live in the Tucker zip code, but were included on the Tucker 2014 map), believe that the cities will have a direct impact on their school feeder pattern. 

#3) Holcomb stated that he spoke with the House speaker who said he was hopeful that the DeKalb delegation would be able to figure out their border issues for themselves. 

#4) Politics may dictate which, if any, bill gets through but if none of them do, Holcomb will advocate to allow the city groups to continue working for a future referendum without having to raise the $30K for a feasibility study all over again.

Rep. Holcomb and Rep. Williams listened to the audience members who were able to voice their opinions directly into a microphone rather than writing them down.  There was also a brief written survey for attendees to complete.  As always, Rep. Holcomb's staff were all very cordial and accommodating.  

Rep. Holcomb reminded the group that we are already at Day 15 of a short 40 day legislative session.  If something does not happen within the next week or so, the chances of a city bill making it to the floor of the Senate or House for a vote are very slim.  If a bill does pass, voters will have a chance to vote on a city referendum this May, if they live inside the final boundaries of whichever city is able to move ahead.

Thank you to Save Tucker! followers who spoke up to voice their opinions and especially to those who have taken the time to educate their neighbors on this issue.   We are proud to be a part of a community that sticks together and speaks up to protect what so many before us have worked so hard to build.

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Ralph February 05, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Holcomb stated that he spoke with the House speaker who said he was hopeful that the DeKalb delegation would be able to figure out their border issues for themselves. -------- Well, there is always hope. Does not look likely, but it could happen. Best solution, both groups give up the contested areas. Those areas can be added to either city later by annexation and vote of the people living there.
HamBurger February 05, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Well . . . Looks like the cities of Brookhaven and Chamblee, at the expense of those proposed new cities, can now mount an annexation drive across I-85 and commandeer areas contiguous to their respective cities further fragmenting the northern portion of DeKalb and molding it as the politically astute and manipulative are capable of for their personal uses at the expense of the general population busy working their day job, unsuspectingly trusting and supporting them. It is already in the works. Doubt me? Ask Rep. Mike Jacobs! Special annexation hamburger and a Cheerwine anyone?
Longerthanu February 05, 2014 at 08:53 PM
I'll bet a Big Green Egg and a cooler full of Sweetwater against that happening, Ham.
HamBurger February 05, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Mr. Longer, as I have said, it is in the works. New cities hungry for tax revenue seek the easily available commercial property for annexation while they can. They win and you’re proposed new city or cities loose! Familiar story? For those paying attention, yes! Just ask Rep. Mike Jacobs! You keep the Sweetwater, I’ll take Mabel and some Carling Black Label! BTW, you pay more than $7.25 for a #20 for lump charcoal and you are getting ripped. Special annexation hamburger and a Cheerwine anyone?

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