Study: Avondale’s annexation map would generate enough taxes to provide services

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 19, 2016

A study commissioned by the City of Avondale Estates found that the city’s proposed annexation would generate enough tax revenue to provide services, with about $1 million to spare.

The study, conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, will be presented during the City Commission’s work session on Jan. 20.

Currently the city is considering a map includes commercial properties in the Rio Circle area, and residential areas along Rockbridge Road, as well as the former Avondale High School and the American Legion. The proposed annexation would nearly double the city’s current population, adding about 2,500 residents.

CVI used two methods to study the viability of two proposed annexation areas. The estimates provided by CVI shows that annexation area No. 1 would generate between $260,000 and $300,000 in revenue over expenditures. Study area No. 2 would generate between $822,000 and $842,000 in revenue over expenditures.

The commercial revenue in the Rio Circle area will be an important component to keeping the annexation plan viable, but it’s not a popular idea with some of the property owners there. Many commercial property owners along East Ponce de Leon, DeKalb Industrial Way, Laredo Drive, Pine Street and Rio Circle signed a petition to go into Decatur when the possibility of annexation arose last year in response to a previous annexation plan that died in the state Legislature last year.

Mayor Jonathan Elmore previously told Decaturish that he thinks those property owners will be more receptive to the annexation idea this time around.

To read the full study, click here.

The City Commission’s work session begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at City Hall, located at 21 N Avondale Rd. All meetings are open to the public.

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