ANNEXATION, ROBOCALLS & DEKALB COUNTY

10.16.2015
Representative Scott Holcomb

Annexation

In the ongoing debate about the two proposed cities on the ballot, LaVista Hills and Tucker, I have been asked a number of questions about annexation. Specifically, some people are worried that if a city is voted down, the residents could thereafter be annexed against their will into another city, such as Brookhaven, Doraville, Greenhaven (S. DeKalb), or, in the case of LaVista Hills, into Tucker (should the Tucker referendum pass and the LaVista Hills referendum not pass).

Here is what you need to know: Georgia law provides for three primary methods and two other methods by which an area can be annexed into a city. All of them require the consent of a majority of the people living in the area. (The only exception to that pertains to a potential annexation of a very small number of people.) This Legal Report from the Georgia Municipal Association summarizes all the laws governing the various annexation methods: http://www.gmanet.com/GMASite/media/PDF/publications/annexation.pdf

Robocalls

I have also been receiving complaints from constituents about illegal robocalls (and I've been receiving them too).Even legal robocalls can be annoying to some people, which is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has clear laws regarding these calls and heavy fines for those who break the law. Anyone placing a robocall must IDENTIFY the caller at the beginning of the message and to provide a phone number for you to call back.

I encourage you to report illegal robo calls to the FCC. You can either call 1-888-CALLFCC or you can report the call using this link: https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/requests/new?ticket_form_id=39744
If robocallers won't be truthful about who they are, then they shouldn't be making robocalls.

The County

We all remain extremely concerned about the state of affairs in DeKalb County. Regardless of the outcome of the November cityhood referenda, it is essential that we address the issues facing DeKalb County.

As you know, I sponsored three DeKalb County reform bills that passed the General Assembly in this year's session. Two of those bills, involving the county's procurement (purchasing) policy and the establishment of an independent internal audit, are now being instituted. The third, which would establish an independent ethics commission (as opposed to the current one in which the members are appointed by the County commissioners) requires passage on the Nov. 3rd ballot. Here is a full summary of all three bills:
https://drive.google.com/a/repscottholcomb.com/file/d/0B8hxIpCV_dNVTXNUTXVJX0lnV25KR2dfWFpLVGNYUWx2TmNZ/view

Please be sure to vote "yes" on the ethics referendum
Advanced voting will take place at one location only:

DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office:

4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032

October 12 through Friday, October 30, 2015 M-F, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Daily
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM NO VOTING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Election Day voting will be held at regular precincts, November 3rd.



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