The City of Decatur Proposed Annexations - 2007-8, 2012 & 2014
Once again, the City of Decatur is looking at annexing various areas surrounding the city. But this time, their interest in annexation is compounded by the proposed City of Briarcliff, which had proposed its city limits to include all of unincorporated DeKalb County north and east of the Cities of Decatur and Avondale Esates.
In recent years Decatur has studied annexations on several occasions. first in 2007-08, and later in 2012. Decatur studied several annexation options in 2012, with two possible schemes illustrated in the two attached maps, Versions 1 & 4. The proposal failed to move forward as the City was unable to secure a legislative sponsor in the General Assembly. Another issue that will always complicate any proposed Decatur annexation is the potential impact on City of Decatur schools. As Decatur has a wholly independent school system, a large scale annexation of residential neighborhoods will heavily impact the finances and operations of the school system. On one hand, the city must find additional capacity for new students coming from the annexed residential areas, while at the same time any targeted residential area may vote against annexation to avoid the increase in property taxes.
Decatur annexation, 2007-8