Buckhead City government would be comprised of a mayor and six council members, have its own police and fire stations, establish a municipal court that enforces city ordinances and other city operations.
The first municipal election would take place June 20, 2023, and the city operations would begin June 30, 2023.
Supporters of the measure say creation of the city is needed to combat a surge in violent crime in Buckhead and that Atlanta’s mayor and police force have not done enough to combat it.
Opponents say stripping Atlanta of the tax revenue generated by businesses and homeowners in Buckhead — a wealthy part of town — would cripple the city’s budget and services. They say residents should instead work with local elected officials to address their concerns.
Edward Lindsey, co-chairman of the Committee for a United Atlanta — a group that opposes the creation of Buckhead City — said members of the organization will work with whoever wins the mayoral runoff election next week to “make Buckhead and all of Atlanta safer and more prosperous.”
“The Committee for a United Atlanta is focused on encouraging Buckhead residents to get out and vote in the upcoming mayoral runoff and to insist that the candidates seeking our support commit to effectively combating crime and instituting needed reforms to improve the lives of all Atlanta residents,” Lindsey said.