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Decatur Commission To Vote Monday Night on Annexation

If the commission votes yes, the annexation of two heavily commercial areas would need approval from the state legislature.

Will Decatur grow by annexation?

That question won't be settled Monday night when the city commission votes on whether to annex two areas on the northeast and northwest corners of the city limits. (See the attached memo from the city manager outlining her recommendation and maps of the areas under consideration.)

If the commisison votes yes, the discussion would move to the General Assembly.

Annexation would probably have to be approved by state legislators representing DeKalb County, and those guys don't always get along.

Remember the commercial land between Avondale Estates and Decatur that was annexed last summer through the legislature? The state senators from DeKalb took years to all agree.

Citizens can attend the meeting in city hall in person or watch live streaming video by going to the city website. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. with no work session. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Comcast channel 25.

Here are some recent Patch stories about annexation.

Neighborhood groups start anti-annexation petitions.

Decatur city manager recommends not annexing most residential areas.

Letter to the editor: Shopping center owners decry annex plan.

Possible annexation targets complain about Decatur taxes.

Ralph Ellis December 17, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Predictions on the annexation vote?
Mike Easterwood December 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Of course it will pass the City Commission! Why wouldn't it? That is easy It is more difficult to predict the legislature. Although, I think DeKalb County is tired of losing revenue to cities. Maybe there will be a significant conflict on that front. I think they are listening to what cities are doing now.
Warnin ToU December 17, 2012 at 06:28 PM
No one raising taxes has the citizens in mind. These bureaucrats are only feathering their own nest. If they want to annex and money is really the issue the lets see the City Council require a 10% reduction in personnel cost and a freezing of all salaries over 50,000 for the next 3 years and any over 70,000 for the next ten years.
Steve December 17, 2012 at 07:49 PM
"No one raising taxes has the citizens in mind" - who said anything about raising taxes? Remember that DeKalb County had a 26% increase last year and is proposing another 6% this year. Decatur has held nearly steady for several years. "only feathering their own nest" - Please explain "freezing of all salaries over 50,000 for the next 3 years" - That would affect maybe 15 people "any over 70,000 for the next ten years" - that would cover maybe 5 people. Any BTW, Decatur has a City Commission, not a City Council.
fedup December 18, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I think it's crappy that they want to take ONLY the businesses, but none of the residences who actually WANT to be annexed. If this proposal passes, our lot will be 'edged' by Decatur on two sides (vs. just one).

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