The Newnan Times-Herald


Grantville to oppose deannexation legislation

  • By Kandice Bell
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  • Jan. 02, 2018 - 9:57 AM

The city of Grantville approved a resolution urging the Georgia General Assembly to oppose legislation that would allow deannexation legislation to create new municipalities or cities. 

The council approved the resolution at a meeting earlier this month. 

At the Georgia Municipal Association Convention last summer, the city of Stockbridge presented information about a number of bills being introduced in the General Assembly, which would de-annex large portions of Stockbridge to create a new city, Eagles Landing.

Stockbridge officials said nearly 45 percent of the city’s acreage and an estimated 58 percent of the city’s operating revenue would take a hit, and the matter could affect other municipalities if the bills are passed.

A letter to the GMA members said, “the entire membership of the Georgia Municipal Association was unanimous in supporting the position in the GMA 2018 Legislative Policies that portions of existing municipalities should not be deannexed to create new municipalities unless consented to by the governing body of existing municipality or the voters of the existing municipality.”

Legislation has not been passed, but Grantville City Attorney Mark Mitchell said it was not a bad idea for the city to support Stockbridge.

“So far, this only effects the city of Stockbridge, but it could possibly be applied to other cities,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell said land area and revenue could be greatly affected and could be “alarming without any input from citizens or elected officials beings affected.”