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Sen. Hill: More Cooperation with Governments in Place Needed

Sen. Hunter Hill doesn't think the creation of a new county is the best way to solve problems many Buckhead residents say they face.

Sen. Hunter Hill told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on Thursday that residents should work better with governments in place, not create a new county.

Hill said citizens can find a "better way" to work with Fulton County and other government in place, according to a report from the Buckhead Reporter.

Thursday's meeting was Hill's first official visit with citizens as Senator-elect. In the recent November election, Hill defeated four-term incumbent Democrat Doug Stoner.

He pointed out that Fulton County is 95 percent municipalized and citizens "can mandate Fulton County only perform those functions it needs to perform," according to the Reporter report.

In October, Buckhead residents' growing dissatisfaction with Fulton County led to conversations about the creation of a "Buckhead County."

Jim King, president of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, was a proponent of the idea.

He told WSB-TV in October, “Any option that improves what we have now I’m open too. There is a lot of dissatisfaction here in Buckhead with where the tax dollar goes.”

A new county would mean a new school district, which is another reason many Buckhead residents support creating a new county since there has been increasing frustration with the Atlanta Public Schools district in Buckhead.

So, what do you think? Should Buckhead work with the governments in place as Hill said or start the wheels in motion for the creation of a new county? Tell us in the comments below.

Edi December 14, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Beyond the horrendous property taxes, I think Buckhead would be well advised to have a separate county. Maybe then we could get better police protection, garbage service, reduce taxes, better schools, more community involvement. And Sam Massel? Sam Massell's uncle's dentist's wife's hairdresser would be better than the bloated money wasting corrupt city government we usually get....

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