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Old 03-04-2015, 09:17 PM
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I am okay with them too and don't understand all the fuss about too many counties.
Inefficiency.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:43 PM
 
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Inefficiency.
Well, some counties are well run. I don't think it's the number of counties but how they operate.
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:58 AM
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Well, some counties are well run. I don't think it's the number of counties but how they operate.
If you've got 2500 people, it doesn't make sense to have a whole county government and school district administration. It is the number of counties. The counties in metro Atlanta are relatively small in area but not population and the inefficiency there is due to incompetence and corruption. As I said, the real problem with the number of counties is in the rural areas.
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Old 03-05-2015, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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If you've got 2500 people, it doesn't make sense to have a whole county government and school district administration. It is the number of counties. The counties in metro Atlanta are relatively small in area but not population and the inefficiency there is due to incompetence and corruption. As I said, the real problem with the number of counties is in the rural areas.
Taliaferro County is home to 1,717 people as of the 2010 census; it's the second least populous county east of the Mississippi River. Lithonia is home to 1,900 people, but is 0.41% the size of Taliaferro County.

Food for thought.

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Old 03-05-2015, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Lake Spivey, Georgia
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Check your facts: Roswell was previously part of Dekalb County pre-1933.
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: NW Atlanta
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Check your facts: Roswell was previously part of Dekalb County pre-1933.
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The Roswell area was part of Cobb County when first settled, and the county seat of Marietta was a four-hour (one-way) horseback ride to the west. Since Roswell residents desired a local government, they submitted a city charter for incorporation to the Georgia General Assembly. The charter was approved on February 16, 1854.

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At the end of 1931, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. The difficult economic conditions drove Milton County, Roswell's neighboring county to the north (note: much of what is now Roswell was part of Milton county already), to merge in its entirety with Fulton County, Roswell's neighboring county to the south. To facilitate the merger, Roswell was ceded from Cobb County to become part of Fulton County. This became effective the 9th day of May in 1932. Roswell filed all legal records, including vital statistics, real estate, and the results of torts with the county clerk of Cobb before this date; with the county clerk of Fulton, after this date.
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:14 PM
 
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Check your facts: Roswell was previously part of Dekalb County pre-1933.
Interesting. Do you have any details? I have only heard the Cobb part of the Roswell history.

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At the end of 1931, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. The difficult economic conditions drove Milton County, Roswell's neighboring county to the north (note: much of what is now Roswell was part of Milton county already), to merge in its entirety with Fulton County, Roswell's neighboring county to the south. To facilitate the merger, Roswell was ceded from Cobb County to become part of Fulton County. This became effective the 9th day of May in 1932. Roswell filed all legal records, including vital statistics, real estate, and the results of torts with the county clerk of Cobb before this date; with the county clerk of Fulton, after this date.
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:18 PM
 
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The reason Georgia has so many small counties (especially in rural areas) is due to the old county unit system for electing Governors. This system gave a disproportional advantage to rural areas in electing Governors. That system was eventually struck down but we are still left with lots of little counties that eat up resources. This is extremely inefficient. And instead of consolidating counties, Georgia has gone the other way with even more political fragmentation.. Just look at all the cities that have now formed in North Fulton County.
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, and Raleigh
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The reason Georgia has so many small counties (especially in rural areas) is due to the old county unit system for electing Governors. This system gave a disproportional advantage to rural areas in electing Governors. That system was eventually struck down but we are still left with lots of little counties that eat up resources. This is extremely inefficient. And instead of consolidating counties, Georgia has gone the other way with even more political fragmentation.. Just look at all the cities that have now formed in North Fulton County.
Amen to this!
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Old 03-05-2015, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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I think it would be beneficial to combine counties in rural areas, but have smaller counties in Urban areas.
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