We told you earlier this week about the failure by groups proposing new cities in north central DeKalb County to come to an agreement about boundaries for what could become the cities of Tucker and
Lakeside Briarcliff LaVista Hills.
With the November 15th deadline to submit boundary line proposals having come and gone, Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Amy Carter (R-Valdosta) has named a five member panel to play Solomon and
divide the baby draw the boundaries for the proposed cities. State Reps. on the panel include Chairman Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem), Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur).
In a press release, Carter said,
At the outset, I was very hopeful that the DeKalb cityhood proponents could come together and agree upon boundaries for the proposed cities. Unfortunately, their efforts failed to result in one, unified map. I am following through on the pledge to appoint a five person subcommittee of state House members to draw a map for the proposed DeKalb cities after stakeholders couldn’t come to an agreement on their own. This bi-partisan group of Governmental Affairs Committee members will convene a meeting, gather input, draw a map and complete this effort by December 31, 2014. I want to thank the members of this subcommittee in advance for their commitment to seeing this effort through to the end.
The baby to be divided is the commercial area surrounding Northlake Mall. The property taxes paid by the owners of the commercial land will go a long way towards paying the operating expenses of whichever city or cities it is part of.
Here is a thought experiment for members of the committee: Which would you prefer to do over the holidays, negotiate boundaries that will keep all parties happy, or campaign for a January runoff between David Perdue and Michelle Nunn?