Citizens In Opposition to Greenhaven and Neighbors Against Greenhaven have completed a review of the nearly 8 year old Carl Vinson at the University of Georgia Feasibility Study of the proposed City of DeKalb, formerly Greenhaven. DeKalb Cityhood Movement uses the study as proof that a new city would be financially sustainable. As noted in the review the Feasibility Study is not what the General Assembly votes on to approve or deny a city’s creation. The separate Charter document represents the actual bill used by legislators that, if approved, would become law. This same charter is one that was found to give developers and large companies the ability “donate” to Community Area Planning Unity, and thereby influence zoning of projects in any neighborhood.
The following statements from the CVIOG Feasibility Study indicate red flags regarding the economic stability of a new city and the weight taxpayers should give to its validity.
(1) “…Proposed Greenhaven’s primary weakness –its economic vulnerability”…
(2) “We were unable to identify another city of similar size to the proposed City of South DeKalb
that provides only planning and zoning, code enforcement, and parks and recreation services.”
(3) “While it is our hope that this report assists with the public consideration of a potential
municipal incorporation, it should not be construed to constitute a position either for or against
the establishment of a City of South DeKalb by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Read the entire report below:
Fact: Feasibility Study Age: The date contained in their report is nearly eight (8) years old and doesn’t take into consideration changes affecting it accuracy, such as, COVID-19, census data, redistricting and annexations.
Fact: Tax Implications: Only 3% of tax parcels are commercial/industrial in the proposed boundaries, while 95% are residentials so any tax increases will be borne by residential property owners. You will have two tax bills, one to the City of DeKalb and another to DeKalb County.
DeKalb County is best served without an extra layer of government. The County is not perfect, but we should work collectively to make it what we desire it to be. There is nothing in new proposed by the DeKalb Cityhood Movement that the County does not currently provide. If fact, the proposed city of DeKalb offers minimal services and would inherit the same demographics and issues facing the County today.
Neighbors Against Greenhaven (NAG)
What Can You Do? Write your state Senator and Representative and let them know you are against Cityhood. Please send a separate email or send only to your Senator and House Rep as show below. In addition, we’ve added an excel file with all of their names and phone numbers.
District Name legislative email
83 Becky Evans email@example.com
84 Renitta Shannon firstname.lastname@example.org
85 Karla Drenner email@example.com
86 Zulma Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org
87 Viola Davis email@example.com
88 Billy Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
89 Bee Nguyen email@example.com
90 Angela Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
91 Rhonda Taylor email@example.com
92 Doreen Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
93 Dar’shun Kendrick email@example.com
94 Karen Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate District Name legislative email
10 Emanuel Jones email@example.com
41 Kim Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
42 Elena Parent email@example.com
43 Tonya Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
44 Gail Davenport email@example.com
55 Gloria Butler firstname.lastname@example.org