The Buzz: Week 17
Do we really need the new city of Sharon Springs in south Forsyth County? It probably will happen unless the citizens of Forsyth County become interested and involved.
Proponents of the new city are well organized and have funded a study by the Carl Vinson Institute. They have a website where they make their case and report progress toward forming the new city.
House Bill 660 was introduced by Mike Dudgeon, District 25 representative, to allow a vote on forming the new city of Sharon Springs in south Forsyth County. This bill will come to a vote by the state legislature during the 2016 legislative session.
Residents need to be aware that only those residents living within the proposed boundaries will be allowed to vote for or against forming the new city.
Passage of this bill and subsequent voter approval of the new city will have a profound effect on all Forsyth County residents.
Fragmenting the county with the new city may affect allocation of tax and fee revenues, land development and long-term county financial issues such as pension obligations.
Forming and staffing a new city government and creating new codes and ordinances and enforcement of them are formidable and costly tasks. There are many other issues that can’t be listed here.
These issues affect all county residents, yet only a relative few will vote on forming the city.
Not being allowed to vote doesn’t mean a county resident can’t be heard. Residents should contact their state representative and senator and voice their opinions about the new city.
There are five representatives for Forsyth County. Dudgeon’s bill was not co-sponsored by any of the other four. Hopefully this means they are undecided on the need for the new city and would be interested in hearing from their constituents.
We should not be complacent and allow this new city to happen by default.