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Avondale Estates joins Decatur in dropping pursuit of annexation this year

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Avondale Estates joins Decatur in dropping pursuit of annexation this year

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The city of Avondale Estates is no longer pursuing annexation legislation this year, Mayor Jonathan Elmore says.

“Upon discussion and mutual agreement with our state leaders, the Board of Mayor and Commissioners has decided not to pursue annexation plans for the remaining 2016 year,” Elmore said in a press release. “We believe annexation can be a positive means for the growth of the City and we will revisit annexation plans in the future.”

The city had been considering support of an annexation bill in the current Legislative session, but the plans ran into another road block after members of the American Legion spoke out against being included in the map.

The city of Decatur also recently announced it would not be pursuing annexation this year.

State Rep. Karla Drenner introduced House Bill 663 last year, which would’ve annexed some areas east of Decatur. The city said it isn’t pushing for its approval this year.

“We have new City leadership, a new School Superintendent and new Board of Education leadership and we need to look at a variety of issues, including annexation, so we will not be pursuing adoption of HB 663 by the Georgia Senate during the 2016 session,” Mayor Patti Garrett said in a Feb. 3 press release.

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