Greenhaven 101: WHY FORM A NEW CITY?
COUNTY AND CITY GOVERNMENTS?
In the United States, a county is a political and geographic subdivision of a state, usually assigned some governmental authority. In each county, local officials act as arms of state government performing many state-related functions, such as administering elections, marriage licenses, and vehicle registration. In addition to serving as important subdivisions of the state, counties have a second role. In Georgia, they are the largest general-purpose form of local government. This means that apart from helping administer state government functions, counties can provide a variety of local services to their citizens.
Our goal is not to listen to the majority of the citizens in South DeKalb who never asked for Greenhaven, not want to be a part of Greenhaven and are denied the right to pull out of Greenhaven.
The state of Georgia has 159 counties and more than 500 cities. DeKalb is the fourth largest county in Georgia with a population of 700,000+ residents. There are more than 64 languages spoken in DeKalb County. Currently each of the five (5) county district commissioners represent approx. 140,000 residents. Each of the two (2) super district commissioners represent approx. 350,000 residents.
There’s proof all around south DeKalb that economic development once existed and a sense of community pride still exists today. However, the economic development side of our story has long been neglected. Let’s restore our community to its former splendor by taking charge of our own destines!