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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Primer on Making a City

Kevin Levitas was a former state Representative representing northern DeKalb County, and is currently on the board for the Lakeside City Alliance (LCA).  He has a blog, North DeKalb Cityhood Blog, where he has been discussing cityhood for North Dekalb, started before the LCA was formally organized.  With his permission, I am replicating one of his articles here, as it serves as a very valuable and informative primer on the process of making a city.  

(With my apologies to Mr. Levitas, I have slightly edited his notes for formatting purposes, and to update or remove some inconsequential references.  His original posting can be found here.)

Cityhood Meeting Summary

On November 12, 2012, about fifty neighbors gathered to hear a presentation by Sen. Fran Millar, Rep. Tom Taylor and former Sen. Dan Weber about the ins and outs of forming a new city.

The discussion was lively and informative, and another meeting is planned for the near future for a discussion of the pro's and con's of city formation in our area.  Stay tuned for details...

Below is a summary based on my notes of both the presentation and some comments from neighbors in attendance.  The summary is merely a reiteration of the discussion.  You will have to decide issues of accuracy (both as to my notes and as to the contents of the discussion) for yourself.

By Kevin Levitas (with permission)

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