Forsyth County – Representative Todd Jones (R - South Forsyth) announced today that there will be a Sharon Springs Town Hall on April 26th at South Forsyth High School (Large Gymnasium) to allow citizens a chance to ask questions about the upcoming incorporation vote.
HB 626, The Sharon Springs incorporation bill, was written by Representative Todd Jones and it allows the community to vote on whether to incorporate the area. The Sharon Springs area represents almost 30% of Forsyth residents.
The Town Hall will provide a speaker’s panel to discuss issues around the city include zoning, taxes, services, fiscal impact, and more. Distinguished panelists will include Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason, UGA Professor Jeffrey Dorfman, Municipal Attorney Bill Riley, and advocates for and against incorporation.
Advocates for incorporation are Mike Dudgeon and Brian Francis.
Advocates against incorporation are Eric Duncan, Jessica Mercon and Charlie Smith.
“I wanted to provide the citizens of our area with the ability to discuss matters related to incorporation and to hear from both sides in a productive and informative manner. Unlike many events held within the county, I wanted include perspectives from those who’ve experienced the incorporation process and have seen the results, as well as local community leaders that are directly impacted by incorporation should it pass. This event will allow for both ‘sides’ to challenge information provided by the panelists in real time, allowing for a robust discussion on the issue,” said Jones.
“We’ve been having the discussion of incorporation for years. Now is the time for a vote and to make sure that both sides are portrayed accurately and fairly. Voters deserve a chance to know the stakes and impact of their vote,” Jones continued.
The event will have 10-12 commonly asked questions and a brief period where the panel will answer questions from the audience. The Town Hall will be limited to 90 minutes, but speakers will be available afterward to answer questions. Both sides will also be allowed to provide information to voters in the form of handouts or flyers.
For more information about the event, contact Representative Todd Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two groups seeking to persuade the public are the Sharon Springs Alliance, for the incorporation; and Opposing Sharon Springs, against it.
The last day to vote on the proposed new city of Sharon Springs in South Forsyth County is Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
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