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Businesses Properly Notified of Upcoming Vote for Cityhood

Businesses located in proposed city limits of Peachtree Corners notified in March of upcoming referendum.

In a story that ran Tuesday, July 26 about the recent annexation attempts of surrounding cities, it was reported that the majority of businesses were not aware of the referendum that will come before a vote on Nov. 8 that, if passed, will make their businesses part of the new City of Peachtree Corners.

Our sources for the story indicated that neither the state nor the county was obligated to advise businesses of the upcoming referendum vote.

However, Rep. Tom Rice (R-Dist. 51) who introduced the legislation at this year's session of the General Assembly, pointed out that the affected businesses were properly and legally notified.

Rice pointed out in an email message, "before the legislation creating the city was introduced the law required that notice be posted in the legal organ of the County.  Therefore, notice was given in conformance with that requirement."

A copy of the notice that ran in the GDP in March 2011 is included with this story. Below is the veribiage that ran in the notice as well.

NOTICE OF INTENTION
TO INTRODUCE
LOCAL LEGISLATION
 Notice is given that there will be introduced at the regular 2011 session of the General Assembly of Georgia a bill to incorporate the City of Peachtree Corners; to provide a charter; to provide for boundaries and powers of the city; to provide for a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election, terms, vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, conflicts of interest, and suspension and removal from office relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for oaths, organization, meetings, quorum, voting, rules, and procedures; to provide for ordinances and codes; to provide for a mayor and mayor pro tempore and certain duties, powers, and other matters relative thereto; to provide for administrative affairs and responsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to provide for a city attorney, a city clerk, and other personnel and matters relating thereto; to provide for
rules and regulations; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judges thereof and other matters relative to those judges; to provide for the court¹s jurisdiction, powers, practices, and procedures; to provide for the right of certiorari; to provide for elections; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises, service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness; to provide for auditing, accounting, budgeting, and appropriations; to provide for city contracts and purchasing; to provide for the conveyance of property and interests therein; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for prior ordinances and rules, pending matters, and existing personnel; to provide for penalties; to provide for definitions and construction; to provide for other matters relative to the foregoing; to provide for effective dates; and for other purposes.

Representative Tom Rice
District 51

Ben August 03, 2011 at 10:49 AM
This DOESN'T sound like a "LITE" city to me......
Bob August 03, 2011 at 12:26 PM
And the city of Dunwoody, our immediate neighbor to the West, is voting in November to raise property taxes. For what, they're not entirely sure.
Judy Putnam (Editor) August 04, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Seems it's incumbent on the Dunwoody voters to find out why their taxes may be raised. If "they're not entirely sure," as you say, then they've got no one to blame but themselves.
Bob August 04, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Judy, you are correct that it is important for the Dunwoody voters to determine why their elected officials would like to raise taxes in a city that currently operates on a surplus. Some of the arguments that I have read have to do with adding additional parks to the city. Others have to do with the desire to pay for additional amenities for the city. Meanwhile, some are for the city to have additional funds to spend as it sees fit. However, the point of this argument isn't about why they are raising property taxes, it's about the fact that this recently formed city is already talking about raising taxes. The city was founded to provide proper services for its citizens as well as additional local control. If we vote to form the new city of Peachtree Corners in November on the promise of "low" taxes and more local control, how soon will it be before our elected officials push for a property tax increase and a change to the city charter to pay for additional services? The choice of becoming a city should be based on more than trying to protect land from becoming annexed.
Judy Putnam (Editor) August 04, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Like Dunwoody, Peachtree Corners residents would have the final say in taxes being raised or any changes in the charter. In my opinion, that's not a good argument against cityhood, there are many, many factors to weigh before making such a decision. As just one example cityhood would provide access to millions of dollars in SPLOST funds to improve the community. These funds are only available to cities, not unincorporated areas. PC residents are paying into the SPLOST fund but aren't able to reap the benefit. The list goes on, be sure to weigh all the facts first.
Bob August 04, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Not able to reap the benefit? Our roads are paved. We have sidewalks where possible. Our schools are funded. Our parks are provided for. What additional benefits would we receive from being incorporated from the SPLOST? Also, in one of the other articles I saw that there would be an agreement with Gwinnett County to split the money earned here so that the county would not suffer as a result of this new city.
Mike Checa August 10, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Is anybody dissatisfied with Duluth? Besides, who needs more bureaucracy? Also, as a resident of The Timbers, I think that bundling our properties with troublesome parts of Norcross will devalue them. Somebody was tampering with the street signs here adding a "Peachtree Corners" thing on top of them, I'll call police.
Judy Putnam (Editor) August 10, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Mike: There is legislation that passed in May for voters to decide this fall if the unincorporated area of Peachtree Corners should become a city. If it is passed it will become its own city apart from Norcross. Some unincorporated areas with a Duluth address are also included. The sign toppers are part of the Peachtree Corners Overlay District which was approved by Gwinnett County in 2007. The Timbers subdivision may be part of the overlay district which would explain the reason you are seeing the sign toppers. To find out if your community falls in the borders of the proposed city, visit the UPCCA's website, (www.upcca.org) for more information.
Judi Quigley August 10, 2011 at 09:47 PM
Hi Mike, I also life in The Timbers as you know. We do NOT live in the City of Duluth, just in a Duluth zip code. Perhaps you weren't aware of it, but Berkeley Lake (city of) is also interested in annexation of the Forum. To get there, our subdivision is right in their path. Would you perhaps enjoy picking up the debt for the dam work that they have taken on? They are not able to post bonds but are leaving that up to the homeowners to pay the millions of dollars that will cost. I'd love to be a part of a vibrant area as we are in Peachtree Corners and call it a city-lite. Makes all the sense in the world. Change is coming. Peachtree Corners will not be as you know it for much longer. Do you want some control over rezonings along 141 and your trash collection made locally or controlled by other cities with no real interest in our area except the cherry-picked business properties they've annexed? Lots of issues to consider. Hope you'll stay involved and get the facts. I for one do NOT want to be annexed to Berkeley Lake, Duluth or Norcross when we can have our own identity.
Ben August 11, 2011 at 09:01 AM
Judi, are you saying that the people of Peachtree Corners will have to pay millions for the dam repair that is being done if we become a city?? If so, I surely do not want to pay for something that the citizens in peachtree corners are not able to use(lake and beach at Berkley Lake). I thought Berkley Lake is a private lake, will it become a public lake if Peachtree Corners becomes a city? Im not following your comment. The lite city will become a full fleded city within 3 years, and at that time, I look for our local leaders to raise our ADDITIONAL taxes to the level of our surrounding cities, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Milton, etc...I am not sold on this idea(cityhood) trash pickup is really not an issue for cityhood, identiy has no bearing on home values, and our local homeowners associations have controlled zoning issues... Why pay more property taxes for things we are already paying for?
Judi Quigley August 11, 2011 at 04:08 PM
If we are annexed by any other existing city we become responsible for their debt, their milage rate and will be taxed accordingly. Any of the three cities that want to annex Peachtree Corners businesses can only annex contiguous properties. To get to the commercial and O&I Zonings on highway 141 they must absorb some residential to get there. Please read the new city charter and get informed before making statements that cannot and will not happen without your approval. Once you know the facts you'll see this makes so much sense. Unless you want your future controlled by other cities, this is a real easy and logical decision for voting yes on cityhood.
Bob August 11, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Judi, in order for your neighborhood to be annexed, you must vote to become part of the annexation. So you would still have that option. If Berkeley Lake elects to annex the Forum, and they must come through your neighborhood to add the area, then you and your neighbors would have to vote and agree to be annexed into Berkeley Lake.
Pat Bruschini August 14, 2011 at 12:58 AM
Mike - The street sign toppers were a project in 2006 of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Assoc. (UPCCA). We worked with then Commissioner Bert Nasuti and the Gwinnett DOT. The DOT approved each step of the process and installed the toppers. There are more than 100 toppers around our community - 29 were brought by HOA's, 7 by individuals, and 4 by businesses. The rest were brought by UPCCA. When the signs went up, my phone was ringing with people inquiring how they could get a topper for their subdivision. For more information, go to www.upcca.com and click on About UPCCA. I hope this answers your question about the toppers. Pat Bruschini, UPCCA Past President.

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