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17 October 2013

If You Want Decisions About South Fulton to be Made in North Fulton, Say No to Cityhood

For years, south Fulton County heard residents of north Fulton County complain that decisions about their communities were being made by people who didn't live there. Then those residents formed their own cities and began electing their neighbors to be the local decision-makers over local issues.

In an ironic twist, unincorporated south Fulton is now suffering from the same problem north Fulton complained about all those years ago. South Fulton is a victim of taxation without representation.

North Fulton commissioner Liz Hausmann voted to build the new Family Dollar on Old National Highway, even though it was opposed by many members of the south Fulton community. Commissioner Tom Lowe, who lives in Sandy Springs, voted to raise south Fulton taxes from a millage rate of 10.469 to a millage rate of 12.469.

Those two north Fulton County commissioners cast those votes, votes that affected only south Fulton, knowing that they would never face the wrath of south Fulton voters at the ballot box.

Think about that.

Liz Hausmann and Tom Lowe are making decisions about our south Fulton community, but they don't live here. They aren't impacted by the decisions they make concerning south Fulton. They never have to defend their decisions to the people who call south Fulton home.

Something is not right about that. It is as wrong as two mismatched socks.

If unincorporated south Fulton Fulton says yes to becoming the City of South Fulton, decisions about south Fulton will be made in south Fulton.

A South Fulton City Council member who votes to raise property taxes is voting to raise their own taxes. Not only will more of their money be going to the government, but they also might get sent home by angry voters at the next election. A South Fulton City Council member who approves the construction of another dollar store on Old National Highway will have to drive past that monstrosity everyday, and once again, they might get sent home by angry voters at the next election.

If history repeats itself, and south Fulton again says no to cityhood, south Fulton better be prepared for decisions affecting the community to be made in north Fulton County.