Study:Proposed City of Greenhaven would make enough money to provide services

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 26, 2015
The new logo for the proposed city of Greenhaven.

The new logo for the proposed city of Greenhaven.

This story has been updated. 

Organizers working to create a city of Greenhaven say a study proves the city would bring in enough tax money to provide services.

The study found Greenhaven would operate with an annual surplus of $27.2 million. It would spend $18.4 million each year, and its projected revenues would be $45.6 million.

At a meeting in November hosted by Concerned Citizens for Cityhood for South DeKalb, the group behind the Greenhaven movement, CCCSD President Kathryn Rice said the new city would take on three services to start:

– Parks and recreation

– Zoning

– Code enforcement.

The proposed city would have a population of 300,000, making it Georgia’s second-largest city. It would include everything in DeKalb south of U.S. 78 up to I-285, excluding a proposed city of Stonecrest, and everything south of Memorial Drive on the other side of 285.

State Rep. Pam Stephenson, D-Decatur, has agreed to sponsor the Greenhaven cityhood bill. While no bill has been introduced, the feasibility study is an important step that would make the introduction of a bill more likely.

“The bill should be introduced week after next,” Rice told Decaturish.

Stonecrest was also recently found to be viable.

Other potential cities under consideration are Tucker and LaVista Hills. Tucker had a study, but the economic picture changed slightly when a legislative panel split some of that proposed city’s commercial property with LaVista Hills. Tucker supporters have said they are updating the study for that city. Supporters of LaVista Hills, which combines the former cityhood movements of Briarcliff and Lakeside, also intend to complete a financial feasibility study that reflects the combined map and the new boundary with Tucker.

Greenhaven organizers provided this summary of the fiscal feasibility report …

Press Release ReportB 2-25-15

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