Decatur City Attorney States Annexation Referendum Not Necessary, Residents Create PetitionDecatur Metro | December 14, 2012 | 9:21 am
UPDATE: Deanne points out that Medlock residents are joining with CHCA in opposing annexation.
Yesterday, Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss stated that the City Attorney Brian Downs “did not believe that a referendum would be required if the properties annexed by local Act of the General Assembly were less than 50% residential.”, according to Patch.
Not 24 hours later, the Clairmont Heights Civic Association website has launched a petition stating “strong opposition” to annexation. Here’s the petition in full…
We the undersigned strongly oppose the City of Decatur plan to annex several commercial properties along North Decatur Road. The inevitable tax increases will undoubtedly be a hardship for the tenants and owners of these properties, which are owned by families and individuals who have been long-time owners of their centers and have served our community well. To rip them out of the unincorporated area in order to enrich the Decatur city coffers seems excessively greedy, not in the best interest of surrounding neighborhoods, and in serious conflict with the positive image the City of Decatur has cultivated for years. We are also extremely concerned that our own property taxes will also have to be raised to cover the loss of their tax contribution to the county coffers. We are residents in and around the affected areas, and we strongly urge you to drop your plans to annex these properties.