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09 April 2012

Ironic, Isn't it? North Fulton Deciding Local Issues for South Fulton

When I was younger, I lived in Sandy Springs.

I lived in a condo off of Roberts Drive. I attended Woodland Elementary, Sandy Springs Middle, and North Springs High schools.

Now I live in unincorporated south Fulton County. But I still hold an emotional connection to the Sandy Springs area. That emotional connection is why I tend to be more sympathetic towards issues of importance coming out of north Fulton County.

I was very supportive of Sandy Springs becoming a city. I'm very supportive of the re-creation of Milton County. Living in Sandy Springs all those years ago, I know what drives both movements. It's the desire for self-determination; the belief that decisions on local issues such as planning, zoning, police coverage, fire coverage, and tax rates should be decided by the people who it affects the most.

A county commissioner who lives in College Park has no business voting on a tax increase in Sandy Springs. Conversely, a county commissioner who lives in Sandy Springs has no business approving planning and zoning permits in College Park.

The desire for self-determination, more better described as local control over local issues, led to the incorporation of Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, and Chattahoochee Hills.

Last week, the Fulton County Commission placed on the July 31st ballot a referendum to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays between the hours of 12:30PM and 11:30PM. The referendum, while affecting only unincorporated south Fulton County, is being voted on by all Fulton County voters.

In other words, on July 31st, 2012, north Fulton will decide a local issue for south Fulton.

Ironic, isn't it? Ironic that the tables have turned on south Fulton. Ironic that, after years of south Fulton deciding local issues for north Fulton, south Fulton will have its local issues decided by north Fulton.

I'm not complaining. I want to vote on Sunday sales in south Fulton, but I find it very ironic that south Fulton is falling victim to the same factors that led to the creation of Fulton County's newest cities.

One hopes north Fulton deciding for south Fulton will renew calls for south Fulton to incorporate.