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Senate Committee Declares Tucker Unconstitutional

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt on
December 16, 2015

The new city of Tucker, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters on Nov. 3, has an unconstitutional provision in its charter, a new report says.

Additionally the report finds that while charters for new cities may provide a cap on tax rates, there’s nothing that requires cities to seek voter approval before raising taxes.

The Senate Annexation, Deannexation and Incorporation Study Committee met this summer to review how the state handles creating new cities and how existing cities annex new territory. The committee’s report was released on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Tucker was approved as a “city lite” concept, meaning it is providing a limited number of services compared with a traditional city. In Tucker’s case, the city will provide Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Parks and Recreation services. The city lite concept isn’t unique to Tucker. It is currently being used by the city of Peachtree Corners.

Under the cit…

Where is the Benefit? County Says Reduced Services or Increased Taxes Result From New Cities

DeKalb CEO Lee May: New cities strain DeKalb budgetPosted: 5:08 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

By Mark Niesse - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
As money and power shifts to newly created cities, DeKalb County’s government is feeling the pinch.

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May warned Wednesday that the county will soon have to reduce services or raise taxes because incorporations and annexations have strained budgets.            

Credit:  MARK NIESSE DeKalb CEO Lee May: New cities strain DeKalb budget
Taxes generated by cities are projected to exceed revenue from unincorporated areas for the first time next year, even though less than one-third of people in DeKalb live within city borders.
“These new cities and these annexed areas are being drawn around the most valuable assets of the county,” May said. “It’s a reality we have to deal …

Yet Another Way to Fund a New City in Georgia ... Parking Fines

We recently learned the hard way about the various fines, fees and penalties that the new cities like to charge the public to help pay for their expensive layer of bureaucracy.  

  Sandy Springs has something they call "Citizens on Patrol."  It is a group of volunteers who take a short course on specific traffic violations that occur in their city on a regular basis.  These citizens are then equipped to write tickets in the name of safety and provide your new city with the added revenue it needs to fund its own growing need for more ... more power, more committees, more ways to tax you without calling it a tax.

  One great way to get your money is through parking violation tickets.  Isn't that what you asked Santa to bring you this year?  

 Just in case you receive a ticket in a city near you, it helps to understand the laws in Georgia that you might be accused of breaking before deciding what to do next, so here they are:

Georgia Parking Laws
The majority of Georgia par…

Secretary of State Investigates the Nov. 3 City Vote in DeKalb County, GA

OUR COMPLAINTS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE:  Save Tucker! spoke with investigators today regarding the Nov. 3 election that resulted in the formation of the new city of Tucker. 
Our complaints about the boundary changes and resulting confusion at the voter precincts were heard, but we were told that the boundary issue is mainly a "political" process and the elections office is bound by the legal descriptions provided in HB 520 for Lavista Hills and HB 515 for Tucker
Changes that may have been suggested after the final bills were approved were nothing more than that ... suggested changes.  They did not impact the boundaries in the legal descriptions that were approved in the legislature. 
For maps that show detailed renderings of the Tucker boundaries and the local city precincts, we must now contact the county GIS department. 
QUESTION:  Why is it so difficult to get an actual map or accurate description?  Does it seem fair to you that the public has this much trouble trying…