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Votes to be cast on cityhood maps

Five Georgia lawmakers plan to vote Friday on maps for the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.

The DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee will attempt to decide on compromise boundaries between the two potential cities.

The areas have been fighting over land surrounding Northlake Mall and southeast of Spaghetti Junction. About 23,000 residents live in the disputed areas.

Supporters of a city of Tucker want to include 53,000 residents in their jurisdiction, while advocates for LaVista Hills hope for a city with 72,000 residents.

The subcommittee overseeing the border battle are tasked with deciding a map by majority vote, and that map would then be used by the Georgia General Assembly early next year as it decides whether to approve the cities.

If state legislators give them the go-ahead, residents in the affected areas would then vote on whether to become cities.

The subcommittee plans to meet from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.

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Mark Niesse covers Georgia government.

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