Avondale City Commission will consider annexation study

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 2, 2015
Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

Photo obtained via the city of Avondale Estates website.

Avondale Estates City Commissioners will have a special called meeting and work session on Wednesday, Nov. 4, to discuss several issues, including an annexation feasibility study.

The special called work session begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at city hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza.

The city’s annexation bill, introduced by state Rep. Karla Drenner, died in the final hours of the 2015 session after an amendment removed the DeKalb Farmers Market – a key piece of commercial tax revenue – from the plan. Avondale’s elected officials did not pursue an independent feasibility study prior to Drenner filing the bill, opting instead to have its staff compile the cost analysis of the city’s annexation master plan. The city staff concluded that annexation would increase the city’s annual revenue of $400,000 over expenses while doubling its population.

Mayor Jonathan Elmore gave an update on the annexation issue at the commission’s last regular work session, noting that any such plans hinge on what happens in the Nov. 3 election when voters in LaVista Hills and Tucker will decide if their areas will become cities.

The agenda for the special called meeting on Nov. 4 contains a “Resolution for annexation feasibility study.” No draft of the resolution was available as of Nov. 2.

City commissioners will have the first reading of the city’s budget ordinance at the meeting.

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