Gov. Deal vetoes Fulton Industrial vote, annexation into South Fulton
Vehicles travel through the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed a measure that could have put the area into the new city of South Fulton. Johnny Crawford / AJC FILE PHOTO
In a statement, Deal said there has been “continued debate” between Atlanta and South Fulton about who should get the district, which has 46 million square feet of industrial space and a workforce of more than 20,000 people. It brings in between $5 million and $6 million a year in tax revenue.
Deal said the cities and property owners “need to first come to an agreement to determine the future of the” district.
The legislature had passed two bills — one calling for a vote on whether to nullify a constitutional amendment that says the district can’t be annexed and a second that would have annexed it into South Fulton if the first vote passed.
Arielle Kass covers Gwinnett County for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She started at the paper in 2010, and has covered business and local government beats around metro Atlanta. Arielle is a graduate of Emory University.