Atlanta annexation subject of LaVista Hills mailer
A mailer related to the LaVista Hills cityhood vote offers a new reason for incorporating: protecting the proposed new city from being annexed by Atlanta.
The mailer features a picture of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and says, “Atlanta Wants to Annex You.”
“Your senior property tax exemption is in danger,” the mailer adds.
The mailer in question references the overlapping boundaries between LaVista Hills and the proposal put forward by Together in Atlanta. The Together in Atlanta map encroaches upon some, but not all, of the LaVista Hills map.
Decaturish produced this map showing the conflicting boundaries between the cityhood and annexation proposals that were being considered by the state Legislature this year. Only the Tucker and LaVista Hills proposals made it on to the Nov. 3 ballot.
Some of the parents pursuing a Druid Hills Charter Cluster in DeKalb County had proposed annexing three of the schools – Briar Vista and Fernbank Elementary Schools, as well as Druid Hills High – into the city of Atlanta. If that happens, it could mean those schools would become part of Atlanta Public Schools. That annexation proposal didn’t succeed in making it out of the Legislature this year, but if the proposed cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills are approved in a Nov. 3 referendum, annexation is much more likely to be revisited.