Seven new cities --Brookhaven, Chattahoochee Hills, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Milton, Peachtree Corners, and Sandy Springs-- have incorporated in the metro Atlanta area since 2005.
Four new cities --LaVista Hills, South DeKalb, South Fulton, and Tucker-- are proposed in 2015.
The question before residents in each of the four areas listed above is whether to create new government; and cityhood advocates, in each proposed municipality, argue the best reason to incorporate a new city is local community control over local tax dollars.
It all sounds great in theory, but a recent report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points to big problems in the new metro Atlanta cities created since 2005. Most of those problems center around cronyism, possible unethical behavior, and quid pro quo.
Should the citizens of LaVista Hills, South DeKalb, South Fulton, and Tucker trade in their old crooks for new crooks?
Only time will tell which decision the people will make.