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Say "NO" to the City of Decatur annexing Dekalb County Commercial properties

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This Petition is for residents and voters who live in Dekalb County, Georgia only.  

TO:  The DeKalb delegation to the Georgia General Assembly and other legislators dealing with local annexation issues.

We, the following citizens of DeKalb County, strongly oppose, the City of Decatur’s plans to annex commercial properties within and adjacent to the Medlock neighborhood.

The City of Decatur has proposed to annex and strip away commercial property that is historically and geographically connected to the Medlock and Clairmont Heights areas without also accepting the residential homes and families that support and rely on these businesses. As detailed below, Decatur’s unreasonable annexation proposal would:

 1)  Irreparably harm DeKalb Schools and the quality of our children’s education through the decreased local tax base and specifically by removing a minimum of $5,000,000 from the income of the DeKalb County schools and potentially tens of millions of dollars after proposed commercial developments in the area have been completed.

2)  Isolate the Medlock community, while also wholly eliminating that neighborhood’s voice in all governmental decisions that deal with surrounding commercial and residential zoning and development

3)  Pilfer the commercial assets of the neighborhood, while ignoring the well-being of our residential community and Medlock’s long-standing commitment to these surrounding developments.  

We believe that Decatur’s unilateral annexation approach is unfair, disingenuous, and threatens to cut off vibrant neighborhoods from the businesses they support while irreparably harming our schools. It will also likely lead to higher taxes for those residents remaining in unincorporated DeKalb County.  If Decatur insists on taking adjacent commercial property, it should also accept all of the contiguous neighborhood areas; it should certainly not be permitted to violate the integrity of the neighborhood by picking and choosing what it wants without regard to the best interests of all DeKalb citizens.

We urge our elected representatives, to ensure that changes to municipal boundaries are made in a fair manner and provide the maximum benefit to all of the county’s residents. There should be no annexation of commercial property without annexation of adjacent residential areas.   


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