We need more questions like this. The internet is proving to be incredibly effective as a real democratic process dealing with issues important to the community. Twenty years ago, an open exchange of reasoned opinion and valid arguments, between interested and committed strangers, was almost impossible. Now it can be everyday. If you have questions, come here or go to Tucker Discussions and ask them. You will be sure to get an answer. You may not like the answer, but you are free to respond. Become involved. Let your voice be heard. In the City, someone will hear you.
MNKI keep hearing over and over again that its all about keeping money closer to home, but I guess I'm having trouble understanding why all this fuss over only three services - police, zoning, and parks. All other services will still come from the County. So my specific questions:
1. Is there some big problem people are having with Dekalb zoning that regular old homeowners like me may not know about? I know the bigger the county the more red tape, but what percentage of regular homeowners ever use this service on a regular basis?
2. I know crime is up, but if these cities are going to take over police is there a real plan proposed? Working with the same amount of money they would have given to the county for this service, will they have enough money to assign more police patrols and a larger force? Surely creating a whole new police force with office(s,) vehicles, and equipment will be expensive.
3. Do Dekalb parks in our area need fixing? Henderson seems about perfect to me, and the volunteer work being done at John's Homestead seems to be moving forward wonderfully. If smaller cities take over funding and volunteer forces that care for these places, will they have enough volunteer man power? Has anyone worked out funding and a plan for this?
4. How, if at all, will this effect property values for those both inside and outside the city limits.
To me, a Tucker homeowner, I am skeptical that the above three services really warrant the added trouble of creating a whole new city. I would love to hear the answer to these questions from the perspective of each of the three cityhood proposals in our area.