@ Roxanne Dimacale
Two years later...
It is July 2016 and my wife and I are considering moving to Adair Park or Capital View. We are looking intensively. The parks and architecture are beautiful. We cannot wait to find the right home. Do you know of anyone that is planning to sell soon?
Are there unsafe areas of AP and CV? I have been told that the west side of Adair Park across Sylvan Road is not as safe. I appreciate your counsel. Thank you!
They were a product of their environment, if they grew up in suburbia they would be running a fortune 500 company...prison I feel like is never the answer..there has to be a better form of rehabilitation for certain criminals, burying them under a prison isn't where they need to be!!!
I am curious, Mr. Driskell by what you said about Fulton County's General Fund. It is my understanding that South Fulton already pays for its own Fire, Police protection, parks and recreation, and environmental and zoning activities via the South Fulton Special Services District Fund (SSD). South Fulton has already been operating as a city anyway, but without a charter. This vote will get us our charter.
The items in the General Fund are covered for ALL cities in Fulton County, including the County Attorney, 911, Grady Hospital, Libraries, State and Superior Court Judges. Perhaps I am missing something, but South Fulton becoming a city will not suddenly transfer responsibility for all of these things to South Fulton only, will it? We will continue to pay our share - as we do today.
Plus, South Fulton becoming a city would make us eligible to receive approximately $20 million in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST), which we do not receive today because we are not a city.
You also mentioned about the feasibility study. The Sandy Springs feasibility study was done in 2003 - 2 years before their incorporation vote in 2005. South Fulton HAS done a detailed study (2014). See pages 6-10 in the 'Georgia State University study' link in the article. When I compare the 2 reports, its the same type of information - just organized differently.
I do not understand why South Fulton is being held to a different standard than other cities who have voted for incorporation:
* For example, Chattahoochee Hills voted "Yes" for cityhood in 2007. Their comprehensive plan was only developed after the election of the Mayor and City Council, with citizen input: "...Beginning in December of 2009, the Mayor and City Council began recruiting citizens to work on the Comprehensive Plan."
* The citizens of Milton voted "Yes" for cityhood in 2006; their comprehensive plan was created in 2008.
* The citizens of Johns Creek voted "Yes" for cityhood in 2006 also; their comprehensive plan was adopted in 2008.
What we as citizens of South Fulton can do now is vote "yes" on cityhood on November 8, 2016. To get the facts, please visit cityhood.net. Once we vote "yes" and are incorporated, we then elect our Mayor and City Council. They will be accountable to act in our community's best interest.
This is a sad case, however what happened to rehabilitation? This (Taylor) was a young boy who made a mistake. Nothing will bring Mr Luck back however, Mr Taylor should (all these years later) be assessed which would no doubt prove he is not a threat to society. He should be allowed the chance to contribute to society and fully right his wrongs! He is no longer a young boy, he is a man now and people change! This man could be an example to why the death penalty is wrong! He deserves a chance, not his life taken. This will solve or change nothing, this I know from experience! What happened to in God we trust? Two wrongs do not make a right! He without sin....
Commenting as an unincorporated South Fulton citizen, the reasons to vote yes include:
* Many of us are dissatisfied with the level of services that Fulton County provides
* Do not want our children forced to attend Atlanta public schools
* Want to have a voice in how our tax dollars are spent
* Want leadership who actually lives in this area - for transparency and accountability of government.
Think about this: If you have chest pain regularly, would you keep on ignoring the problem in hopes that things will get better on their own? Would you ignore the problem because an acquaintance (who never had a chest pain in his life) tells you that you don't need to go to a doctor?
He whispers in your ear that a doctor might cause more problems or tries to make you suspicious that the doctor may have an ulterior motive.
Would you take this acquaintance's advice? No, you are smarter than that. You realize that it won't affect his life one way or the other if you heeded his advice and ended up having a heart attack! He'll keep on living his life just fine. After all, he had no "skin in the game."
But you'll be the one living with the consequences, experiencing the pain. All because you ignored the signs that were speaking to you in your daily life.
I am writing to those who live in the area and are undecided about the vote. I am convinced that the City of South Fulton is in our best interest based upon what is happening in our area NOW.
To see why it is in our best interest to vote "Yes," please visit cityhood.net (quick video) or voteyescitysfulton.org has FAQs and other information.
If we do not "Vote Yes," on November 8, then forces outside of unincorporated South Fulton will continue to dictate what happens in an area that most of them don't even live in and whose daily lives won't be affected one way or the other. We cannot afford to be silent on this issue.
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