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Cityhood bills fail in Legislature
by LaTria Garnigan
March 25, 2014 09:34 AM | 2695 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There will be no new cities on which unincorporated DeKalb County residents will vote this year. Efforts for Tucker, Lakeside and Briarcliff did not make it through the general assembly. The first of the bunch, Lakeside, was perhaps the most favorable with the backing of District 40 State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, but with his withdrawal of Senate Bill 270 just days before the legislative session ended, the bill died.

Millar said after the House Rules Committee chairman decided not to do anything with the bill, he had no choice but to withdraw the legislation.

“It’s sort of sad the bill didn’t go through,” said Millar. “I think the whole thing was messed up in the House.”

The three cityhood initiatives caused a bit of controversy from the beginning, with boundaries overlapping and each one claiming the Northlake Mall area. In an earlier interview, Lakeside Alliance chairwoman Mary Kay Woodworth said they were pushing for cityhood because the community wanted local control, walking distance representation and the ability to have more say-so about where tax dollars are spent.

“Local control was paramount to the desire to create a city and the actions of many of our elected officials highlights the need for local control closer to the people,” said Woodworth in a statement after the legislation withdrawal. “It is a very sad day for our neighbors and our county, but we will figure out a way to move forward positively and together.”

Millar said Gov. Nathan Deal was supportive of SB 270, but that he was not going to sponsor any new city bills in next year’s session based upon the actions of the House.

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