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12 March 2014

South Fulton Bill Clears Committee, Gives Residents Until August 1st to Join Existing City

Wednesday afternoon, the Georgia Senate Committee on State and Local Governmental Operations gave House Bill 704 --a bill to create the city of South Fulton-- a do pass recommendation. However, the panel also amended the legislation to give unincorporated south Fulton County residents an additional five months to annex into an existing city if they so desire.

Below is a summary of the changes to House Bill 704:

  • The boundaries of the new city will be unincorporated South Fulton as of August 1, 2014. This allows any annexation process to be completed up until that time;
  • The Fulton County Industrial District will not be included in the proposed city of South Fulton;
  • The referendum on cityhood will take place on 4 November 2014;
  • Should voters approve the proposed city, the two year transition period will begin 1 April 2015, after the election of the Mayor and City Council;

  • The election of the Mayor and City Council will take place on the third Tuesday in March 2015; and

  • Elected officials will take office 1 May 2015.

House Bill 704 must now make it onto the Senate Rules Calendar, before going back to the state House of Representatives for final approval.