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22 February 2012

Rep. Billy Mitchell Introduces Legislation Creating the City of DeKalb

On its first day back in session after a 3-day weekend, the Georgia House of Representatives saw the introduction of legislation that will significantly alter DeKalb County.

House Bill 1090 takes every piece of DeKalb County land not located within a city, and makes it apart of a new city -- the City of DeKalb.

The proposed City of DeKalb would have eight city council members, two of whom would be elected citywide, and a mayor.

House Bill 1070 would submit a question to voters of unincorporated DeKalb County on July 31, 2012. The question facing voters would be, "Shall the Act incorporating the City of DeKalb in the unincorporated portion of DeKalb County according to the charter contained in the Act be approved?"

If more than one-half of the votes cast are in favor of the City of DeKalb, the new municipality would come into existence December 1, 2012.

State Representative Billy Mitchell (D - Stone Mountain), the sponsor of House Bill 1070, told Crossroads News in an interview, "I have unanimous support from all sections of our community that I have talked to."