Rep. Henson gives more details on proposed Winship

Posted by March 20, 2015
Rep. Michele Henson. Source: Facebook

Rep. Michele Henson. Source: Facebook

Georgia House Rep. Michele Henson, D-Stone Mountain, released a statement Friday afternoon further explaining the proposed city of Winship.

In an emailed statement she said:

There have been questions about this particular legislation that Representative Karla Drenner and I have introduced. We introduced HB 612 because many residents in our districts have reached out about their concerns and unhappiness with the proposed incorporations and annexations in DeKalb County. HB 612 is simply another option for the residents of DeKalb.”

I oppose the proposed annexation as introduced by the City of Atlanta, and my concerns stem from how the 2,500 DeKalb students and their schools will be affected. I believe the proposed annexation, as designed, will cause a major disruption in our school system.

Currently, an official map has not been issued but is presently in discussion, and does NOT include areas from the proposed cities of LaVista Hills, Tucker or Stonecrest.

Henson also said there has not been a financial feasibility study done yet for the bill, but, “we hope HB 612 shows that there are possible options that do not impact the relationship between our schools and county. “

In a joint statement released by Henson and Drenner earlier this week, Drenner said the legislation is “the beginning of a dialogue.” 



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  • Russell Carleton

    Can we stop pretending that the Winship thing is real?

  • whodean

    What a waste.

  • Meghan

    I really dislike the subterfuge that Winship represents. Instead of coming out and saying “we do not support any annexation or cityhood efforts,” Henson and Drenner come up with this wild scheme that everyone knows is a complete sham. And then, Drenner, fed info from Dekalb Strong, jumps on the “smear Marshall Orson” thing. It all stinks to high heaven, and smacks of back room talks between Drenner and Dekalb Strong.

  • Bubba

    Investigate them!

  • Kathleen A. Andres

    Anyone who is questioning the City of Winship must have their property committed to another city (ie LaVista Hills, Tucker, Decatur, Avondale, GreenHaven or elsewhere).

    Folks whose properties have not been “put in a City or Annexation map” means they would simply stay in unincorporated Dekalb County. This equates to potentially being the tax payers paying for county pensions and other fiscal obligations. Not a good choice.

    Instead you should be questioning “WHY Central Dekalb” has not been claimed by any city. This area represents great potential growth.

    The City of Winship offers an alternative. This city’s bill is extensive and addresses many options which
    would make it a viable, vibrant and potentially very sought after city.

    Great to know that Rep Henson & Rep Drenner have been proactive!!! Instead of condemning these legislators Dekalb property owners should be applauding them for taking the initiative to “show there are options” that would not include the crown jewels of the Dekalb School System going to Atlanta.

    • RAJ

      Anti-cityhood carpetbagger is now our new “Expert” on DeKalb cityhood movement!

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