UPDATE: We’ve received more details from the City Manager. This is must read for all you annexation junkies…
- The area in the proposed legislation is valued in DeKalb County tax records at approximately $396,347,000. Of that value, $111,711,000 (28%) is residential; $262,278,000 (66%) is commercial and $22,358,000 (6%) is exempt.
- This is consistent with the City’s annexation objectives and will provide sufficient property tax revenue to the City of Decatur ($4.9mm) to cover our costs and provide property tax revenue ($7.6mm) to the City Schools of Decatur that will exceed their costs.
- The proposed legislation incorporates 70% of the real property value included in the City’s overall annexation master plan, with an area that is 2/3’s commercial property. The inclusion of Decatur Terrace adds 4% to the overall plan.
- Annexation is a long-term investment in the future of the City and the City Schools.
The legislative process is not perfect and requires negotiation, compromise and cooperation. The members of the Georgia House of Representative who represent Decatur have various parts of the master plan in their districts, with Rep. Drenner having the very significant share so her sponsorship of a bill for the legislative areas she represents is a major part of the over all plan. None of the proposed annexation master plan areas are located in Rep. Oliver’s district. All four legislators co-signed Rep. Drenner’s bill.
Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss followed up with us regarding the commercial and residential breakdown of the proposed annexation area presented by Rep. Karla Drenner to the Georgia Legislature on Monday, which includes pieces of Annexation Areas B and C from the Master Plan and the addition of residential neighborhood of Decatur Terrace. Here it is —
- 66% Commercial
- 28% Residential
- 6% Exempt
We don’t have data that breaks out the impact on the school system, but as a general rule commercial areas benefit the school system because they pay into it without contributing any students.
Decatur’s current residential/commercial ratio is 85% residential/15% commercial.