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Cityhood Update from Rep. Scott Holcomb

Where do we go from here?

Scott Holcomb represents District 81 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Credit: Kevin Madigan
Scott Holcomb represents District 81 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Credit: Kevin Madigan
By Scott Holcomb

As I promised, I am providing you with an update on the three proposed cities whose boundaries overlap with those of the 81st House District. Those three are Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker. In November and December, the feasibility studies (performed by either the University of Georgia or Georgia State University) for all three were received by the respective cityhood organizations and shared with the public. All three proposed cities were deemed economically feasible, which means that should they become cities there would be sufficient revenue to pay for the services that they would be providing.

State law requires that a new city take over at least three of the approximately 11 services that counties must provide. With respect to the proposals for Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker, there are different services that each is proposing to take over. To see that information, as well as the results of the feasibility studies, here are the respective websites:

briarcliffga.org
lakesidecityalliance.org
tucker2014.com

Where do we go from here? 
The establishment of any new city must be approved by the Georgia General Assembly. If legislation is passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor, then the citizens within the proposed city would vote in a referendum on whether to approve the proposed city. 

What about the overlapping areas? The Northlake commercial area is included in all three proposed cities as they are now drawn. In addition, some areas are included in both the proposed Briarcliff and Lakeside maps and other areas are included in both the proposed Tucker and Lakeside maps. At this time, no one knows what might happen during the legislative session, where maps can be changed. Additionally, the three cityhood groups may confer and work with each other to resolve any boundary issues. 

Is it possible there will be no new cities? Yes, it is possible. As with any bill, it's possible that a cityhood bill can be discussed in committee and on the floor of one or both chambers and not pass the legislature or be signed by the governor. Also, a city whose bill passes could be voted down by the residents. 

What can you do to be heard? Many of you have been writing to me and your other legislators. Your emails are important to me and my colleagues in the House and Senate. I want to know your thoughts so I can do my best job of representing you. You can also attend meetings of the DeKalb Delegation as well as the House and Senate committees. All meetings are open to the public. At some meetings public input is specifically requested, while at others the public attends primarily to hear the discussion. I will do my very best to keep you informed about meetings. These sometimes occur with short notice.

Very best, Scott

Scott Holcomb represents District 81 in the Georgia House of Representatives. 
Kevin Madigan (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 08:21 PM
DeKalb’s legislative delegation is hosting a hearing this week on the county's cityhood movements. It will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9 in room 606 at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 10 a.m. Call 404-656-0109 for more information.
Marv Peck January 09, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Thanks for the update Scott. It was factual without any opinions or other agenda. I appreciate that.
Cheryl Miller January 09, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Agreed. Not too happy to learn at 8:21 p.m. about another hearing to be held the following a.m., however. Is there any way the public can learn about hearing dates and times with some advanced notice? I'm assuming the lobbyists will have already received their special invitations and reserved seating.
Kevin Madigan (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Cheryl, as you can see, we announced it several times in recent days. See below: Delegation to Bring Cityhood Back into Spotlight http://tucker.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/delegation-to-bring-cityhood-back-into-spotlight-tucker DeKalb Delegation Hosting Cityhood Hearing http://tucker.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/dekalb-delegation-hosting-cityhood-hearing Stonecrest City Alliance Presenting Case to DeKalb Delegation http://stonemountain.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/stonecrest-city-alliance-presenting-case-to-dekalb-delegation
Kevin Madigan (Editor) January 09, 2014 at 11:52 AM
Patch editor Jay Scott is currently at the hearing and will have a report later.
rwf January 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM
Cheryl, very odd to see you complain about such short notice on a meeting when, 1) you yourself announced this meeting on your STFLC Facebook page 4 days earlier, on Sunday 3:29 pm, 2) followed that up with several additional notices on Facebook about the meeting, 3) announced your intention to attend the meeting and present Cheryl's Map of Tucker, along with the highly flawed 2007 Georgia Tech student term paper on Tucker's viability and 4) subsequently announced your frustration that the DeKalb delegation had NOT invited your Save Tucker group to make a presentation and was not allowing any public comment whatsoever. And here I was looking forward to watching that train wreck as it happened. Oh well. But wait! There's more! The DeKalb delegation did announce there will soon be a follow up meeting for public comment somewhere in DeKalb, in the evening, where I fully expect you to be the star of the show. I am sure that we will ALL be looking forward to your little dog-and-pony show. So, please, make it a good one! I would hate for you to disappoint us once again.
Brian January 10, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Hilarious. ..
Cheryl Miller January 10, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Just goes to show you that I'm not the only one who posts things on Save Tucker, doesn't it? School started back this week if you didn't realize that, so I have my "real" life to attend to. I knew about the first meeting, but not the second day. So, did anyone go? What did I miss? Did they present the same information two days in a row?
Cheryl Miller January 10, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Kevin, I wasn't blaming you, btw. I assumed that you didn't hear about it until the last minute. I know you always post information like that as soon as you get it.
Steve Brown January 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Anyone else attend the Briarlake Elementary School Legislative Update this morning? It's bad when you see an elected official with over 20 years of experience not prepared for a simple meeting. This should of been a simple walk in the park on legislative updates (it's only been 2 days into the session so far) on cityhood and education. This morning State House Rep Michele Henson just wasn't in the same room as her counterparts Rep Scott Holcomb, Senator Fran Millar or even Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver. First she walked in late while the other politicians were already their to do a meet and greet with the Parent Council at Briarlake Elementary. Michele Henson's talking points were so remedial (she talked about her new district since 2012, dental hygiene for children and foreign students at clarkston high school) that everyone were simply embarrassed for all the other presenters. I learned alot from Mary Margaret and Scott Holcomb on education in other states and countries, that can be explored for Dekalb County to make our educational system better.

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