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Group discusses possibility of Tucker cityhood
by Bridgette Bonner
bbonner@neighbornewspapers.com
June 05, 2013 03:00 PM | 1119 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A coalition of Tucker residents, spearheaded by the Tucker Civic Association and Smoke Rise Community Association, is aiming to gain municipal incorporation for Tucker.

The group, called Tucker Together, also includes those from the Tucker Business Association, Mainstreet Tucker Alliance, Tucker Historical Society, Tucker Parent Council and DeKalb Public Safety.

The group’s goal is to present the facts and statistics and let the residents decide if cityhood is the best option for Tucker, according to the group’s website. The site says “Tucker Together neither supports nor opposes cityhood; the group’s focus is to provide an educational forum so that area citizens can make informed decisions about the prospects and pitfalls of incorporation.”

The site, www.tuckertogether. com, also includes a proposed map of the city.

Bill Rosenfeld, president of the Tucker Business Association, said another focus of Tucker Together and the general public in the area is to establish and keep Tucker’s borders. With Lakeside’s quest to become a city, Tucker residents have been concerned they may be paying taxes to DeKalb County and Lakeside, he said.

“The main goals are to establish the borders and to educate people on the process of incorporation, if that’s what Tucker would like,” he said.

So far, the group has held three informational meetings, all of which were attended by at least 250 people, Rosenfeld said. Subject matters included requirements to become a city, code enforcement and public safety.

“The second meeting featured someone from DeKalb County public safety who told the group the pros and cons of DeKalb versus an incorporated Tucker public safety force,” he said. “If Tucker became a city, we couldn’t have the same strength with a much smaller police force, unless we contracted out to DeKalb.”

Most citizens are more interested in hearing about the borders than a possible cityhood, Rosenfeld said. One alternative to cityhood that would still allow for boundary recognition would be becoming a township, he said, but that would only work if the laws regarding townships were changed to incorporate more land.

What's next?
There will be another informational meeting June 11 at 7 p.m., with the agenda and location pending.
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