As we recently communicated in a letter, the Chatt Hills Citizens Alliance has faced many obstacles over the past year and half while trying to pursue a transfer of the City of Chattahoochee Hills from Fulton County into Coweta County ("Coweta Initiative"). Even though this effort has been attempted in the past without success a committee of citizens felt that the timing was right to try again. Then COVID happened and shut everything down for a good part of a year. After things started to open up again the committee attempted to rejuvenate the Initiative and generate interest and enthusiasm, along with the necessary financial support. Based on input from several attorneys the committee estimated that between $100,000 and $175,000 was needed to support this effort. The Committee has received over $8200 to date, including $6200 given by the Committee members themselves, and over $5000 has been spent toward this effort to date. The Committee thanks those whose actions to date clearly indicated a desire for a better future for our city.
The next step was to engage consultants to do a financial impact analysis to include sales tax comparisons, property tax comparisons, insurance rate comparisons, bond implications, and validation of county services offered, among other items so that we could have a clear and concise understanding of the financial impact to Fulton County, Coweta County, City of Chattahoochee Hills ("Chatt Hills"), and most importantly, the citizens of Chatt Hills. However, the Committee is sad to report that despite hundreds of petitions indicating support, many signs placed throughout the community indicating support, and financial donations it does not appear that there is enough desire by the majority of the Chatt Hills Citizens to move this effort forward. Therefore, the decision has been made to put a moratorium on moving this initiative forward for the time being.
While the Coweta Initiative is being placed on hold the Chatt Hills Citizens Alliance will continue to be an integral part of the community. The Committee will be reassessing recent events within the city and will be looking for ways to better serve the community. The signs throughout the community will be picked up soon and stored for potential future use. Anyone who donated is welcome to request a return of their donation by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by leaving a voicemail on the Alliance phone at 404-432-1781, or by sending a note to P.O. Box 1755, Palmetto, GA 30268.
Thank you again to all those who have expressed support in one way or another toward this initiative, your interest is tremendously appreciated. Stay tuned as the committee identifies additional opportunities to get involved.
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