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Residents are urged to speak out.
As you know, Tucker Historical Society participated in the Tucker Together community meetings to share information and help educate our Tucker neighbors regarding the various aspects of city incorporation.
A new group, Tucker 2014, has been formed to take the next steps (feasibility study fundraising, research, committee formations, volunteers to help, etc).
Again, this is for your information; to read, do more research, understand and to make a decision for yourself. Tucker Historical Society does not take a political stand on this subject, but does want you to be aware of the opportunities and decisions that are before us as residents of Tucker and unincorporated DeKalb County.
CITY OF LAKESIDE?
The Lakeside City Alliance filed an application on March 25, 2013 to create a City of Lakeside that includes many neighborhoods, schools, and parks that have traditionally been thought to be a part of unincorporated Tucker, the small-town area that many of us consider home (see the eastern boundary on the Lakeside map). The Lakeside City Alliance has just raised the $30K necessary to fund the state-mandated feasibility study.
CITY OF BRIARCLIFF?
A placeholder application was also filed for a City of Briarcliff, with a map that includes Northlake Mall, but doesn't extend into Tucker. A leader of that group reported at the June 24 meeting of Tucker Together that the group has raised the $30K feasibility study money and was contracting with the Carl Vinson Institute to complete that study.
Placeholder bills were also filed for additional cities in DeKalb County. During the 2014 legislative session, consideration will be given to those bills that are accompanied by feasibility studies. Should two or more proposed cities include areas of overlap, only one of those cities would be approved.
CITY OF TUCKER?
Tucker Together has been "exploring all options to keep our long-standing community of Tucker intact” via public meetings and its web site. It is now raising funds for a study to determine if a City of Tucker is economically feasible or if some other strategies for protecting the community of Tucker are needed. $30,000 is needed by August 15 to fund a feasibility study. $13,500 has already been raised and another $7,500 has been pledged. More may be needed to fund additional surveys.
Tucker 2014, a group formed to promote the formation of a City of Tucker, will gather at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, at the Greater Good Barbecue on Hugh Howell Road to discuss interest in and information about that option. A placeholder bill for a City of Tucker (House Bill 677) was filed by Representatives Henson, Williams, and Mitchell.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Whether you're in favor of or opposed to parts of Tucker becoming Lakeside or Tucker forming its own city, maintaining Tucker as is, or haven't yet made up your mind, you can: