District news/town hall meeting

9.24.2014
Scott

Town Hall Meeting

I will host a town hall meeting on September 29, 2014 at Evansdale Elementary School, 2914 Evans Woods Dr, 30340 from 6:30-8:00 PM. I would be delighted to see you there and to have an opportunity to meet you and answer your questions. I will provide an update on the cityhood process and any other topics that are of interest. You can submit questions in advance to ann@repscottholcomb.com.


DeKalb House Delegation Pre-Session Town Hall Meeting Schedule: These are public meetings for you to air any concerns you would like to bring to the attention of the State Representatives and Senators who represent parts of DeKalb County.


October 13th (7-9 pm) at Brookhaven City Hall (4362

Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319)

October 21st (7-9 PM) at the Maloof Auditorium (1300

Commerce Dr (Trinity Pl), Decatur, GA 3003)

October 28th (7-9 PM) at the Porter Sanford Center (3181

Rainbow Dr. Decatur, GA 30034)


Election Information

October 6th is the last day to register to vote for this year's November 4th election and any runoff elections. Click here to register (http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/register_to_vote).


Early Voting Information

Early voting begins on October 13th and runs through October 31st. The details are available by clicking here: http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/voter/pdf/GEAdvanceVotingSitesTimes.pdf


Election for Commissioner, District 1

Commissioner Boyer resigned and pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayer money. The election for her replacement will be on November 4th. The candidates are Wendy Butler, Larry Danese, Nancy Jester, Tom Owens, and Holmes Pyles.


Brookhaven City Council, District 2

The election to fill this open seat will also be held on November 4th. The qualified candidates are TIm Nama, John Park, Charlie Barry, and Bill Brown.


Cityhood Update

One of the dominant issues of the 2014 legislative session was the cityhood debate in DeKalb. None of the three proposals concerning the 81st District - Briarcliff, Lakeside, or Tucker—was passed.


For 2015, the House Governmental Affairs Committee recently published a new plan for managing cityhood efforts during the 2015 legislative session. The House leadership adopted this plan without input from the public or from any Representatives of the areas that are seeking incorporation. I would have strongly preferred the process would have been handled differently. The decisions about the fate of any new, local cities should be made locally. I am concerned that the principle of local control will give way to other people's political agendas if consensus on cityhood plans does not come together very, very quickly.


According to the plan, the House Governmental Affairs Committee has directed the three DeKalb cityhood groups of City of Briarcliff, Lakeside Yes, and Tucker 2015 to reach agreement on a proposed map — including one, two or three potential cities — by November 15. If the groups reach consensus on a proposal, then all three of the groups will have their designated representatives sign the proposed map. If the groups do not reach a consensus, the House committee chair will appoint five members to a subcommittee to arbitrate the proposals and decide on a single proposal. In order to take effect, the proposal would need to be passed by the full House of Representatives and the Senate, signed by the Governor and approved by the voters who reside in the proposed city or cities.


I will continue to meet with the city organizers and keep you informed on the process. Moreover, if a proposed map is approved by either the cityhood groups or the sub-committee, I will host town hall meetings to ensure that the public is aware of the proposed borders.


I pledge to you that, even if we face a badly broken legislative process, I will be supportive of giving voters the opportunity to vote in a referendum on a cityhood plan. I will never stop pushing for the process to be transparent and fair.


I also want everyone to know that there has been some debate over the past year as to whether the formation of new cities might also lead to new school systems. Legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to allow this to occur was introduced in the 2014 legislative session, but it did not pass. Many rural legislators opposed the legislation and it never made it to the House floor for a vote. Both Republicans and Democrats with whom I have discussed this legislation do not believe it can pass anytime soon. Consequently, my advice to constituents is that you should evaluate the costs and benefits of cityhood assuming that there will not be any new school systems created as a result of municipalization.



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