“We’re asking you to look at the process of whether an annexation is necessary or not,” Commissioner Vivian Thomas said.
Thomas also asked the legislators to pump the brakes harderon cityhood efforts. She said communities are promised the moon by organizations that profit from creating new cities, but too often look to counties or the legislature when the numbers don't add up and they need financial support.
Thomas represents Stockbridge, which fought a two-year battle against its wealthy Eagle's Landing community, which wanted to become Henry's fifth city. Voters defeated the measure at the ballot box in November 2018.
“I’m trying to make sure Stockbridge stays whole and healthy,” she said.
Karen Mathiak (R-Griffin) said it’s important for the legislature to take the needs of the southside seriously. Mathiak, who represents parts of Hampton, said she ran for office out of frustration that so much state funding was going to communities north of Atlanta.
“We pay tax dollars just like the north side does,” Mathiak told the group. “Back in the day politicians would say, “‘We ain’t bringing that pork to the south side.’ Well why not?”