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South Fulton cityhood feasible, economists say
by Noreen Cochran
February 03, 2014 03:16 PM | 2229 views | 3 3 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The proposed city of South Fulton could sustain itself, senior research associates Peter Bluestone and John Matthews of the Fiscal Research Center at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Business said in a recently released report.

“We find that the new city of South Fulton is fiscally feasible,” they said.

Based on Fulton County’s 2012 figures for its south Fulton special services district, in which expenditures were $42.6 million against $44.4 million in revenue, the associates developed several balance sheet scenarios.

In a calculation adding in local option sales tax and utility franchise fees, the associates predicted nearly $65 million in revenue and $47.5 million in expenses, leaving a surplus of $17.4 million.

“The new city of South Fulton would appear to have enough revenue to be viable unless its spending increased to reflect the levels present in the higher-spending cities in Fulton County,” they said. “Note as a city, the residents of the city of South Fulton would have the flexibility to determine the level of services and the necessary revenue mix to pay for that service level.”

Matthews co-authored a similar study with Robert Eger in 2007.

“Several relevant demographic and economic changes have occurred since the last report in 2007,” Matthews and Bluestone said in the 2014 document. “First, the south Fulton area has practically doubled in population. Second, the area has been hit particularly hard by the housing bust, brought on the recession in 2008. Property assessments have decline substantially.”

Those changes led to the economists to be cautionary.

“When looking at households on public assistance, the city of South Fulton has a higher percentage than Fulton County and a greater share of the city of South Fulton households are below the poverty level,” they said. “This could increase costs to the city of South Fulton since it may have to provide more community development services necessary to assist impoverished households.”

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February 23, 2015
In researching this issue about job protection I understand this person's concern. These employees are being paid now from our tax dollars for City Services. So if they are doing a competent job I find it hard to believe they would find employment once we incorporate the City.

The issue is if we stay the way we are they may loss their jobs due to budget cuts in services because we are facing a large deficit again next year.

If we incorporate we would have enough money to hire them and improve services leaving a surplus in the bank account of the City.

Those decisions will be made by all elected officials that must live in the foot print. No longer will the 5 Commissioners (including Emma Darnell) who do not live in the South Fulton City area be making decisions about our tax rate and servcrs.
Rodney James
February 14, 2014
South Fulton United a group of volunteers from area subdivisions commissioned the study and has raised money to help pay for the study. If one wants to donate go to

We support creating a new City of South Fulton for three reasons: 1. Local control 2. New revenue from sales taxes to balance our budget 3. No annexation. Thanks to the Fulton County State House and Senate Delegation for supporting this effort in a Bi-Partisan manner. The prime sponsors are Honorable Roger Bruce HD 61 and Donzella James SD 35.

If the bill passes and is signed by the Governor then we will vote on the referendum to create the City of South Fulton in May 2014.
Cheryl Rossy
March 20, 2014
The residents of South Fulton DO NOT WANT to become a city. We have husbands, wives, children, friends, co-workers, etc.... who are policemen, firemen, parks and recreation workers who are all worried about losing their jobs if South Fulton County becomes a city. Think of all of the people that are employed by Fulton County that will have to start over or find new jobs because of this. Vote ABSOLUTELY NO when time comes and keep our loved ones right where they are, employed!!!
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