Two major tracts of land are left in unincorporated north Fulton County, and bills that may debut as early as today would turn them into new cities.
If the bills succeed, as one to create Sandy Springs did last year, Fulton County’s day-to-day influence on the Northside would be over.
The new cities would close the circle on the incorporation of north Fulton. Everything in the county above Atlanta would be part of six cities, including the new ones, Riverside to the northeast and Milton to the northwest.
For many of those residents — roughly 71,000 in Riverside and 20,000 in Milton — it’s like an emancipation. They are throwing down the shackles of a county they believe badly underserves them.
What they would get instead is another set of governments — municipal ones — but they would be a lot smaller and much closer to home.
Being the Republican that I am, it strikes me as usually a bad idea to create new government. But, in this case, it’s like the cable and phone monopolies. You have no choice, so the company can screw you. With the advent of satellite, the cable companies had to get their butts in gear.
In the same way, these residents were forced to have to deal with Fulton County for all their governmental needs. Fulton took all their money and gave them the shaft in return. No more.
[UPDATE] From the tip line we learn that Senator Weber is trying to get Dunwoody incorporated. Can we change the name first? Kidding.