I do not want my property address to be included in the proposed city of Greenhaven
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I petition the Georgia General Assembly not to include my property address as a registered voter and property owner in the boundary of the proposed new city of Greenhaven. I do not want my property address to be included in the proposed new city of Greenhaven located in South DeKalb County.
There is a bill (HB644) pending in the Georgia State legislature to create a new city and you would be automatically included unless you express your opposition to being included in the new city boundary.
This petition is to indicate that you do not want to be included in a city of Greenhaven boundary. It does have an impact on whether there is an referendum at this point. This petition allows you as a resident to have a voice at the front-end of the process and not just at the end of the process which is the referendum. Many states have a petition process.
A referendum at the end of the process only provides you the ability to either vote Yes or No on whether there is a city, it does not provide you the option to opt out of the city boundaries altogether. This is why the petition is important.
HB644 -- http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20172018/HB/644
Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb believe that residents deserve a more deliberate process; and that the state legislature needs to make changes to the cityhood and annexation process. We should have some say at the front end of the process as to whether communities are included in a new city boundary. The cityhood proponents want to deny citizens their most fundamental right to have a choice by forcing residents into the 2nd largest city in Georgia by the vote of the majority without any equitable representation or local consent. The cityhood process is antithetical to the annexation process which requires 60% percent of property owners in a community to consent before it can be annexed. Alternatives have not been presented. For example, smaller cities, opting out of the city, annexation, or to remain unincorporated. You should not support being in a city until you gather the facts about the costs, services, and how you will be treated. Do not allow anyone to scare you into creating a city, especially the 2nd largest city in Georgia over night. It has never been done before. It took Atlanta 150 years to reach a population of 450,000 residents, and the Greenhaven proponents want to create the 2nd largest city of 300,000 residents in 2 years. It took Sandy Spring 30 years before it was allowed to become a city.
First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The prohibition of abridgment of the "right to petition" originally referred only to the federal legislature, Congress, and the US federal courts. The incorporation doctrine later expanded the protection of the right to its current scope, over all state and federal courts and legislatures, and the executive branches of the state and federal governments.
The Georgia Constitution also guarantees the right to assemble and petition:
The people have the right to assemble peaceably for their common good and to apply by petition or remonstrance to those vested with the powers of government for redress of grievances. [Art. 1, sec. 1, para. 9.]
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