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DeKalb cityhood questions leave some residents in the dark

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Proposed map for cities of Lakeside and Tucker Proposed map for cities of Lakeside and Tucker
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

With the Georgia legislative session nearing an end, several key issues remain undecided, including the debate over cityhood in DeKalb County. The question of whether Lakeside and Tucker should become cities has ignited passionate opinions from people in DeKalb County, including those residents who want nothing to do with a new city identity for where they live.

"(The cityhood proposal) divides Stone Mountain, and puts it into the city of Tucker, so that we'll now have a Tucker address," said Robert Stamper, a Stone Mountain resident. "Hurrying through all these things at the last minute in the legislature, then rushing to get to a May 20 vote on it, for the primary, is not right."

His neighbor Thom Deloache said he agrees, and has concerns with what he sees as a lack of transparency as lawmakers vote to decide on whether or not to allow a Tucker-Lakeside cityhood referendum.

"It's being pushed along without a chance for it to not be confusing," said Deloache. "It's unelected folks meeting with elected folks, drawing maps without the input of others."

The Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday to further discuss the cityhood proposal. The legislative session ends Thursday.

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