Georgia Republicans spend a great deal of time fighting federal mandates on core education, health care, immigration, etc. Yet, when the state mandates that cities such as Acworth eliminate “islands” created in unincorporated Cobb by annexation, oops, it barely registers on their radar screen.
In April, Acworth sent out registered letters to approximately 140 property owners. This was after meeting behind closed doors with Cobb and Kennesaw officials to divide up the pie. Property owners who were not included found out that they were going to be annexed without a vote or, referendum, no study of hardship, or cost of inclusion. H.B.1439 does not require it.
What the bill does require are public hearings which are only symbolic. As reported in the MDJ on May 1 and 3, the Acworth Planning and Zoning, and the City Council passed the annexation with only one vote against it. It was apparent from the start that it was a “done deal.” The city had a vested interest in increasing their tax base by hundreds of thousands of dollars, all under the guise of “streamlining services.”
Some property owners who are on fixed incomes may be forced to sell, or worse have their property auctioned because they cannot pay double taxation.
Our Georgia representatives have been quiet as church mice. Maybe we need some tea party candidates up here who will recognize H.B.1439 is unconstitutional because it allows taxation without representation.
R. Jep Morgan