New Flowery Branch?

Secession!

The hotline, hughakston@hallcountytruth.com, has a good one; reportedly, a group of Sterling on the Lake residents has met to talk about de-annexing from Flowery Branch.  The tipster said that the group is asking what they are getting for their taxes and wondering why they need to be in the city. 

This is very interesting.  Not only do the city residents pay a separate milage rate to the city, 2.837, but they also pay a higher milage rate to the county (an additional 1.43 mills for fire).  Last year I asked one of my friends in the Armadillo Hat Club and City of Oakwood resident, why he paid a higher milage rate.  He informed me that the city and county receive a tax from insurance; the county uses their portion as a fire tax rollback where the cities use theirs in the general fund.

The additional 4.267 mills appear to be a high tax for, basically, police.  As it stands the city doesn’t pay for streetlights in Sterling, the roads are new, and they are on County sewer and City of Gainesville water.  So basically if you have a $350,000 house, you are paying almost $600 per year in additional taxes for Flowery Branch police to write you tickets for rolling through a stop sign.

If you are in the Sterling on the Lake secessionist movement, I have some bad news for you: “The General Assembly extended to municipalities the power to determine their own corporate boundaries in a 1994 law authorizing municipalities to de annex by ordinance. Cities may de-annex areas upon prior approval of 100 percent of the property owners in the proposed area and upon the consent of the county government (pp. 41).”  So you will need to get every single neighbor to agree.  With the whole council coming from Sterling on the Lake, I am betting that there would be at least 5 people who would want to wreck your dreams of having about $600 additional in your pocket at Christmas time.

If you are a resident of “old town”, you might be encouraged.  Perhaps those Sterling people will just go away.  The problem is that they are keeping your city going.  All building permits are coming from Sterling, a huge tax base is coming from Sterling, you collect franchise fees from Sterling and they totally own your city council.  It sounds like you will be stuck with each other for a long time to come.

Hugh Hall County Akston

  3 comments for “New Flowery Branch?

  1. gt183
    January 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    It will become the war of western aggression! I can’t figure out who would want to live in a city.

  2. That's what "I" said
    January 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    This is a bit eye opening.

    Who gets custody of Stone Bridge Village in the separation?

    • Gr
      July 6, 2012 at 3:07 am

      Actually Thats what “I”, Stone Bridge Village is in Braselton, as much of Spout Springs road/ Thompson mill road is in Braselton, unfortunately they have to use a flowery branch mailing address.

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