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Old 02-28-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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When it seems that all of the wealthier parts of Dekalb are considering forming their own cities, would it make more sense for Dekalb County to be annexed by the city of Atlanta for the betterment of both? The areas have similar demographics, share MARTA, and already very intertwined, with many of the most high-profile areas of Dekalb County being considered as part of Atlanta, without being part of the city (CDC, Emory, etc.). As cathartic as forming new cities may seem to the residents of northern part of the county, a new city does not solve the problem of Dekalb county schools (which will remain with the county, new city, or not), or falling home values.
There is more of a value to being perceived as being part of a city on the rise, than being part of an decaying suburb. Annexation would have the effect of stabilizing home values in Dekalb County, which would help stabilize and possibly broaden the tax base. Dekalb County also has much to offer the city of Atlanta, it is still contains enormous wealth, important institutions, and enormous potential.

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Old 02-28-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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Do you know how big DeKalb County is?
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Yes. Do you think it is politicallly imposible, logistically impossible or not prudent (or all). If so, why?

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Do you know how big DeKalb County is?
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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There is more of a value to being perceived as being part of a city on the rise, than being part of an decaying suburb. Annexation would have the effect of stabilizing home values in Dekalb County, which would help stabilize and possibly broaden the tax base.
Things would have to be truly awful if an area turns to annexation by the City of Atlanta as a solution.

If anything, I think Dekalb County should annex the City of Atlanta and let the north part of Fulton become Milton County. The southern half of Fulton can be divided up among its surrounding counties. I guess that would satisfy the guidelines of the Georgia Constitution.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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I might support something to that effect. A larger city-county joint government could offer opportunities for efficiencies. You would probably need to bring in un-incorporated Fulton too (Fulton was originally part of Dekalb). Then you would have to make sure your druid hills and industrial areas would offer a diverse enough tax base.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Things would have to be truly awful if an area turns to annexation by the City of Atlanta as a solution.
Why? City of Atlanta already has about the same mil rate as Unincorporated DeKalb with better services in COA.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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Why? City of Atlanta already has about the same mil rate as Unincorporated DeKalb with better services in COA.
Two words: Sandy Springs.

Incorporate before it is too late.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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Why "awful"? the best parts of Dekalb County are already perceived as being part of Atlanta, while most of the worst parts are percieved as being Dekalb County.


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Things would have to be truly awful if an area turns to annexation by the City of Atlanta as a solution.

If anything, I think Dekalb County should annex the City of Atlanta and let the north part of Fulton become Milton County. The southern half of Fulton can be divided up among its surrounding counties. I guess that would satisfy the guidelines of the Georgia Constitution.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:38 PM
 
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Two words: Sandy Springs.

Incorporate before it is too late.
Their mil rate is lower, but there property values are higher, at least today. A diverse tax base allows for stable taxes as areas go through different cycles. A larger area allows for smaller government per capita. We seem to be heading towards every neighborhood having their own city council and bureaucracy.
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Old 02-28-2013, 03:41 PM
 
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..and with declining property values, how much longer do you expect Dekalb County to have lower mil rates?

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Why? City of Atlanta already has about the same mil rate as Unincorporated DeKalb with better services in COA.
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