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Latest News on Formation of The City of South Fulton

Would a City of South Fulton hurt or help SW Atlanta?

Cascade Patch continues to highlight articles written around the debate to form the City of South Fulton in an upcoming election.  Dominique Huff with Home Rule News covers South Fulton government news and released a report from last weeks community meeting with S. Fulton legislatures.

Read a portion of the article below and see how the "lively" debate is shaping up and what you can do to take part in the future of South Fulton.

HomeRule News - The South Fulton Delegation meeting turned into a lively cityhood discussion as community members both pro and con took the microphone to speak to legislators.

HB 704 sponsor Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) told the community that his legislation does not create the city; it only gives them the right to vote.

“It gives you time to make a decision and vote it up or down,” he explained. “I put it out there last month and you had two months to look at it, make suggestions and comments.”

South Fulton United approached Bruce to sponsor the legislation after the Republicans started a series of reforms for Fulton County governance in the past session of the General Assembly.

Rumors were abound that the party would seek to take Fulton County out of the city services business thus leaving the area up to being annexed by existing cities. No such legislation was proposed nor is currently pending as the legislators admitted.

“We want to be in a protective situation and the city protects us from adverse action,” he said.

Fulton Commission Chairman John Eaves, a resident of the unincorporated area in the Sandtown community stated the area is well run and well represented.

“There was an objective analysis done of our spending in the area compared to the cities by the AJC. It was found that our costs of running the government were relatively low,” he said. “You have a district commissioner who is very staunch and dedicated. We for the most part have supported South Fulton when it came to commission votes.”

Bruce explained the push for cityhood was not because Fulton did anything wrong. Many of the other cities were created due to frustration with county governance.

“We just want to control our own destiny,” Bruce said. “We have the chance to set the pace and this area is ripe for economic development.”
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South Fulton Guy January 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM
With rare exceptions feasibility studies funded by proponents of new cities almost always say that the new city is viable. So the study released yesterday saying a city of South Fulton with a number of qualifications is viable is not surprising. As John's Creek and Chattahoochee Hills have found the realities of building and operating a city are not as rosy as those studies project.

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