Study:Proposed City of Greenhaven would make enough money to provide services

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 26, 2015
The new logo for the proposed city of Greenhaven.

The new logo for the proposed city of Greenhaven.

This story has been updated. 

Organizers working to create a city of Greenhaven say a study proves the city would bring in enough tax money to provide services.

The study found Greenhaven would operate with an annual surplus of $27.2 million. It would spend $18.4 million each year, and its projected revenues would be $45.6 million.

At a meeting in November hosted by Concerned Citizens for Cityhood for South DeKalb, the group behind the Greenhaven movement, CCCSD President Kathryn Rice said the new city would take on three services to start:

– Parks and recreation

– Zoning

– Code enforcement.

The proposed city would have a population of 300,000, making it Georgia’s second-largest city. It would include everything in DeKalb south of U.S. 78 up to I-285, excluding a proposed city of Stonecrest, and everything south of Memorial Drive on the other side of 285.

State Rep. Pam Stephenson, D-Decatur, has agreed to sponsor the Greenhaven cityhood bill. While no bill has been introduced, the feasibility study is an important step that would make the introduction of a bill more likely.

“The bill should be introduced week after next,” Rice told Decaturish.

Stonecrest was also recently found to be viable.

Other potential cities under consideration are Tucker and LaVista Hills. Tucker had a study, but the economic picture changed slightly when a legislative panel split some of that proposed city’s commercial property with LaVista Hills. Tucker supporters have said they are updating the study for that city. Supporters of LaVista Hills, which combines the former cityhood movements of Briarcliff and Lakeside, also intend to complete a financial feasibility study that reflects the combined map and the new boundary with Tucker.

Greenhaven organizers provided this summary of the fiscal feasibility report …

Press Release ReportB 2-25-15

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  • Teacher Reader

    What services are they proposing to offer? If they chose the low cost services, will they be feasible if they have to do police on their own?

    • Story has been updated: At a meeting in November hosted by Concerned Citizens for Cityhood for South DeKalb, the group behind the Greenhaven movement, CCCSD President Kathryn Rice said the new city would take on three services to start: parks and recreation, zoning and code enforcement.

  • whodean

    Good luck to the citizens down there, all of Dekalb should be incorporated

  • StopNow

    They are going to take $45.6 million from taxpayers to pay for zoning and code enforcement and recreation. Thats it? $45.6 million. Five new politicians get $45.6 million to play with. Maybe they should have whether the idea was just plain stupid. I think they could have paid to get the same answer – of course it is feasible – you are providing the same services just taking more taxpayer money.

    • notapunk

      Maybe they’ll cut taxes, giving that money back to taxpayers. Shouldn’t we ask before we blow up? Of course, blowing up first is much more fun. Might even say it’s cathartic.

  • commoncitizen

    If being a city allows a city government to take in 100 dollars through taxes but only provide 50 dollars of value to its citizens, something needs to change.

  • Ned

    If the Concerned Citizens of SOUTH DeKalb want to form a city, please go ahead. But please don’t push your borders so far into CENTRAL DeKalb as to include areas more logically incorporated into existing and proposed cities of Clarkston, Stone Mountain, and Tucker. “Everything in DeKalb south of US 78” goes well past SOUTH DeKalb,.

    • Russell

      I agree with you Ned. I would rather stay unincorporated. If I have to be in a city, I would choose one of those 3. I live in Cedar Park close to all of those cities. I resent this South DeKalb movement which seems to be a minority of people asking for too much. I am opposed to being in their city.

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