“If Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Tucker do nothing to pay for their legal obligations, they are in effect skating away from a debt they owe and overburdening the citizens who remain in unincorporated DeKalb,” said Oliver, D-Decatur.
Dunwoody residents would pay roughly $2.3 million annually, and Brookhaven homeowners would contribute $200,000, estimates show.
DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester said she opposes the proposal, saying it’s discriminatory against newly formed cities.
“It is punitive, based on false assumptions, and is not congruent with the facts,” Jester wrote in an email to constituents. “It is a bailout that would allow DeKalb County to continue poor fiscal management.”
HB711 failed to clear the House before this week's deadline for bills to pass at least one chamber, but Oliver said she hopes the legislation's language can be added to Senate Bill 375, which would create a stricter process for forming new cities.