Welcome – Parkwood to join city of Decatur
Decatur City Commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to annex the Parkwood neighborhood into the city limits.
The annexation will bring 77 parcels containing 75 homes into the city, effective July 1. Of those parcels, about 16 already are partially in the city limits. The annexation will add up to 14 students to City Schools of Decatur in the first year. The annexation would also include a 3 acre green space, Parkwood Park. Not every homeowner signed the petition. According to a letter written by one of the objecting homeowners to commissioners, 54 owners signed the petition and 22 did not sign.
According to the service delivery report, in year one the Parkwood neighborhood will generate $79,630 in city taxes and cost the city $19,540 to provide services. In year one, it will produce $121,850 in school taxes and cost the schools $109,200 to educate 14 students. Responding to concerns from parents that have rising seniors at Druid Hills High School, the City Commission modified the ordinance. The effective date of the annexation is July 1, but parents with rising seniors who write to the city manager by June 1, 2014 can have their school enrollment date deferred until July 1, 2015.
The city commission meeting is ongoing and this is a developing story. Check back for updates.