DHCA Board Resolution
Last Wednesday evening, after much deliberation and consideration of the results of our recent survey, the DHCA board voted to endorse the call for a referendum on annexation into the City of Atlanta. Given the opinions expressed in the survey, this appears to be the question that needs to be answered by our residents in unincorporated DeKalb County.
Please understand that this is a two-part process. The DHCA is not advocating that annexation should occur. We are advocating that our residents have the opportunity to make that choice. Given the roughly equal split of opinion indicated by our survey, it would be inappropriate for the DHCA to take an advocacy position on this issue. Adopting either side — remain unincorporated or annex — would be abdicating our responsibility to represent the neighborhood as a whole.
We have heard and seen numerous comments to the effect that DHCA has adopted a pro-Atlanta stance. We believe that this is due to the fact that much of the information published on our website looks favorably toward Atlanta. This, in turn, is due to the fact that there are groups of neighbors that believe Atlanta is the best option and have been providing the information to DHCA for publication. Despite our calls in the past, no advocacy group for unincorporated DeKalb has identified itself to date. Consequently, little material has been provided on this option for publication.
Accordingly, we wish to reiterate that the DHCA is not taking an advocacy position at this time. We are attempting to enable our neighbors to make an informed decision. To that end, raw data — tax comparisons, exemption information — will continue to be posted under the general City or County tab on our website. Any advocacy pieces in favor of either DeKalb or Atlanta will be posted under those respective tabs at the bottom of the City or County page. Sourced information for online posting should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and comments may be left here.
Please do not hesitate to contact DHCA officers or your Division Chair.
We look forward to furthering the debate on this critical neighborhood issue.
We encourage all of our neighbors to stay informed. We have a long way to go yet.