Residents are being held with a gun barrel pointed at our heads. The tactic is fear. We are being told we will have to pay more taxes than others in the county if we do not form a city. I say, take the issue to court.
Cityhood – its appeal and potential harm
Moderated by Rick Badie
The creation of new cities in our region’s unincorporated areas continues at a rapid pace. Cityhood is en vogue; numerous communities are pursuing incorporation this legislative session. Our lead columnist outlines the negative financial consequences of cityhood and calls the state process for birthing new governments “flawed.” The other writer asks what, exactly, can taxpayers who reside in the county or the proposed cities expect from incorporation?
Georgia’s messy process for cityhood
By Lee May
The appeal of forming a new city is easy to understand. Promises of transparency and smaller, more responsible government are the usual song, but the long-term impact and negative effects are not as easy to grasp.