“The result could not be more unfair,” district officials said. “If left unchallenged, the ordinance will effectively transfer to APS from (the) DeKalb County School District over $2 million dollars in tax revenue, when APS is already the richest school system in Georgia.
“Our complaint seeks an immediate injunction against the expansion of APS boundaries into the annexed area, and a permanent injunction invalidating the annexation ordinance.”
Emory University, the CDC and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are being annexed into the city of Atlanta. The city’s 744-acre expansion grows it eastward into DeKalb County.
DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said in December that he was disappointed by tactics used to deceive his district during negotiations, and suggested that he was willing to file legal action if APS and the city of Atlanta were unwilling to find a solution. The district unsuccessfully sought legislative intervention to address the annexation and future requests.
“We upheld our side of the bargain and publicly supported the annexation,” Green said. “Then, (former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed) conspired with APS to amend the ordinance and unjustly enrich APS at the expense of DeKalb County and our school district. How could a city council engage in such a blatant bait and switch? We hope a court will right this wrong.”
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