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Cityhood & Annexation Options and Their Effects on Taxes and Schools

Dear Druid Hills Resident,

The Druid Hills Civic Association Bylaws state among their objectives:

  • To maintain liaison with governing bodies so as to influence decision making and remain alert to actions that are of concern to the community,
  • To inform and educate the citizens about cogent community problems, and
  • To promote the general welfare of the community, to preserve and enhance the historical heritage of Druid Hills, and to maintain its unique residential character for future generations.

Pursuant to this mandate, the 2014-2015 DHCA Board of Directors will soon undertake a CITIZENS SURVEY to help our community reach a general consensus on the position Druid Hills may adopt as DeKalb County trends toward municipalization. The creation of new DeKalb cities, proposals for additional new cities, and the prospect of annexations by existing cities all necessitate this survey.

In anticipation of the survey, please review the information below. It will provide important context for your decision about annexation and cityhood. Many residents have expressed concerns about three major factors. These are: (1) property taxes, (2) the public schools that serve geographic areas within the DHCA’s stated boundaries (specifically Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, and Druid Hills High School), and (3) Emory University’s position. Read more

Druid Hills Yard Sale – Saturday, September 27th 9AM -2PM

Our neighborhood yard sale is back again by popular demand! The sale is an easy way to get rid of your unwanted stuff and keep all the money you make. The Druid Hills Civic Association will advertise the sale in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and throughout our surrounding neighborhoods. You also will receive a sale sign for your yard. To register, click here.

The American Kidney Fund will have trucks in the neighborhood at the end of yard sale day to pick up items you wish to leave on the curb.

We will post a map of all participating houses to the DHCA website and will deliver map copies for yard sale shoppers to each participating house.

For more information or to register, click here.

Come to the Carlos

In 1985, eminent architect Michael Graves renovated and designed an addition with a façade of marble quarried in Tate, Georgia, the source of the stone used in the first Emory buildings. A 1993 expansion (also by Graves) enabled the museum to enlarge its offerings and collection. Visitors may also enter from the bridge or the quadrangle.

In 1985, eminent architect Michael Graves renovated and designed an addition with a façade of marble quarried in Tate, Georgia, the source of the stone used in the first Emory buildings. A 1993 expansion (also by Graves) enabled the museum to enlarge its offerings and collection. Visitors may also enter from the bridge or the quadrangle.

Within walking distance of nearly everywhere in Druid Hills, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is situated in a quiet corner of the Emory University campus. Home to the largest collection of ancient art in the Southeast, the museum offers one of Atlanta’s most varied cultural programs – including lectures, classes, concerts, camps, and book clubs – and a wonderful place to lose yourself among art and artifacts, mummies, and the occasional seated Buddha.

The museum drew international attention when it returned a mummy of the pharaoh Ramesses I to Egypt in 2003. Today, highlights include the finest existing portrait of the Roman emperor Tiberius, an astonishing sandstone sculpture of the Hindu god Vishnu in which his 18 arms grasp various weapons, and an exquisite Roman statue of Venus from the 1st century AD. Read more

DHCA Response to Cityhood/Annexation Issues

Dear Neighbor,

Nearly two years ago, the topic of “Cityhood” was first discussed at a Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA) meeting. The residents of some DeKalb County neighborhoods to our north were forming initiatives to create new cities. We weren’t certain how Druid Hills would be affected but agreed that we should keep an eye on it because part of our neighborhood was included in one of the proposed maps.

I am writing to you now because Cityhood has emerged as the most profound issue our neighborhood has faced since the Presidential Parkway in the 1980s. As new cities form around us, the portion of Druid Hills in unincorporated DeKalb County could become isolated and face higher taxes and a disproportionately lower share of HOST funds because we will be left to fund mandated County services. If the new North DeKalb cities keep tax money for their own local governments, there will be less revenue for the rest of the county.

For those of you not following this serious issue, let me point out that two words – “cityhood” and “municipalization” — are being used to describe local governments created to handle some services now provided and controlled by DeKalb County. Leaders of these initiatives believe that many services can be better provided at a local level. Our State Constitution mandates that certain services be provided by every county in the state, such as courts, jails, schools, and roads. Even DeKalb County’s Interim CEO Lee May has supported incorporating the entire county as a way to provide better government services. Read more

En Plein Air!

PleinAirLogoMonet did it… Manet did it… Even Homer and Renoir did it. And now, nationally acclaimed painters will do it in the 44-acre Olmsted Linear Park next spring.

Plein air painting, from the French “open air,” refers to drawing or painting outdoors in the midst of nature, free from the studio. Landscapes filled with light often are identified with plein air but artists may also depict people, buildings, and streets.

Between April 23 and 26, 2015, the Inaugural Olmsted Plein Air Invitational will welcome about 30 world class plein air painters to Druid Hills. The event will benefit the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance (OLPA).

“Our neighborhood residents will be able to observe the painters set up their easels and paint our lovely Olmsted Linear Park, producing timeless keepsakes for Druid Hills families to pass down through the coming years,” said Andy Hall, who conceived the idea in 2012. He and Lillian Ansley are co-chairs of the event. Both are longtime residents of Druid Hills. Read more

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