City of Winship bill introduced

Posted by March 17, 2015
Rep. Michele Henson. Source: Facebook

Rep. Michele Henson. Source: Facebook

This story has been updated.

A bill for the city of Winship has been introduced in the House as HB 612.

Georgia House Representatives Michele Henson, D-Stone Mountain, and Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, are listed as the sponsors.

The summary describes it as, “A BILL to be entitled an Act to incorporate the City of Winship in DeKalb County; to provide for a charter for the City of Winship; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for a referendum; to provide effective dates and transitional provisions governing the transfer of various functions and responsibilities from DeKalb County to the City of Winship; to provide for severability; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

The bill calls for a special election in November by the election superintendent of DeKalb County. If passed, the bill says there will be a two-year transition period in which DeKalb County will provide government services and functions.

The bill also calls for a city council of six members, plus the mayor — all serving four year terms. It includes an annual salary for the mayor of $20,000 and $14,000 for each councilmember. It also says the city council can create a Winship Convention and Visitors Bureau.

An ad for the proposed city mysteriously appeared in the DeKalb Champion during the first week of March. Decaturish learned it was Rep. Henson who purchased the ad.

There are still a lot of unknowns in regards to this legislation. Decaturish has reached out to Reps. Henson and Drenner and will update when more information is available.

This past week the Georgia House passed measures to allow citizens to vote on creating the cities of LaVista Hills, Tucker, and South Fulton. Those must now go through the Senate.

HB 613, which would create the city of Greenhaven, has also been introduced. A cityhood meeting is being held this Wednesday at Wesley Chapel Library at 6:30 p.m.

You can read the City of Winship bill here.

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Editor’s note: This story previously said the corporate boundaries of Winship will include DeKalb County districts 1, 2, and 3. Rep. Karla Drenner clarified the bill numbers have nothing to do with commission districts and said the city of Winship is a placeholder. We’ll update as we get more information.



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  • Ann Barber


  • Angela PM

    Yes, MAP. I can’t keep all these cities straight!

  • Meghan Ramsey

    If I’m reading this correctly, it is simply Dekalb Districts 1, 2, and 3. See the map located here:

    The article does link to the page where the above map can be found. Per Appendix B of the bill, it’s not broken down any further than than.

    I find it hilarious that it includes pretty much every speck of land that cityhood (LaVista Hills, Tucker, and Greenhaven) and annexation (Atlanta and Decatur) are after. Notably, Laurel Ridge, Sargent Hills, Valleybrook/Evergreen Forest, etc are not included as they are on the western end of district 4.

    My personal opinion is that this is all to throw a wrench in the works 🙂

    • Stan Chapman

      I agree with you, Meghan. Why introduce another cityhood bill out of the blue with no public meetings after crossover day and at the last minute? It seems very manipulative and disingenuous. The only purpose would seem to throw a wrench into the cityhood movement, by introducing confusion. By the way, this is not the first time that a cityhood movement has been initiated for the purpose of defeating cityhood proposals in DeKalb County.

    • RAJ

      Small wrench from a small minded an anti-cityhood carpetbagger!

  • Whodean

    This won’t go anywhere. Less than zero chance.

  • Guest

    Why would this be introduced after crossover?

    • MAC

      I’m asking myself the same question, and more to the point, what the House will do with ths bill (and Greenhaven’s) since both were introduced AFTER last week’s crossover deadline?

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