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SHOOK: Why the City of Peachtree Corners is a good idea

When one of my neighbors put a “No City” sign in her yard, I asked her to give me her thoughts on the matter. Her first response was, “I don’t want to talk about it!” Upon a little gentle probing, she soon revealed that she really had no accurate details, but thought she didn’t want “another layer of government.”

My response to her and any others like her is this: If you like the way Peachtree Corners looks, thank the dedicated volunteers of the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association (UPCCA). If you like the way Peachtree Parkway looks with its almost four miles of landscaped and mowed medians, thank the volunteers of UPCCA who raise the money for and oversee the yearly commercial landscape contract. If you like the looks of The Forum and enjoy shopping there, thank the volunteers of UPCCA, who diligently and faithfully held the developer to the conditions of the zoning so the place looks as good as it does.

UPCCA has been the de facto government in the Peachtree Corners area of unincorporated Gwinnett County since its inception in 1993, always looking out for our quality of life here and the value of our homes. The concept of being responsible for our own destiny has been paramount throughout and has always justified the hundreds of volunteer hours that have been invested by so many into maintaining the quality of our live, work, and play community that was founded by Paul Duke more than 40 years ago.

Peachtree Corners is completely surrounded now by other municipalities which have been seeking the opportunity to annex our tax-rich parkway for several years. The volunteers of UPCCA searched for a way to secure our Peachtree Corners boundaries against annexation by other cities, and ultimately determined that the only legal way open to us was incorporation. Now this question of whether or not to incorporate as a city is on the Nov. 8 ballot for the voters in the area to decide. The charter is for a city with authority in three quality of life areas only: Planning and zoning, code enforcement, and solid waste collection. The tax for this is one mill.

The issue is self-determination here. The choice of doing nothing is no longer available to us because three cities have indicated they want us or parts of us. UPCCA has led the initiative for incorporation now because if Peachtree Corners is not incorporated by the residents who live here, we will most certainly be annexed and controlled by residents who do not live here. The millage rate would increase then by far more than one mill.If you like Peachtree Corners now, you can thank UPCCA. Why would anybody think that UPCCA would sponsor an effort that was not in the best interest of us all?

Gay Wiley Shook lives in the Peachtree Corners area.

Comments

HonestIngine 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes the voters of PCC can do something..They can vote "NO" on November 8th.. Why would someone want to pay additional TAXES for Goods and Services we already pay for. UPPCA has done a job on brainwashing everyone here. The racist comments I overheard at the meetings are enough to make you sick...I heard a high ranking officer, Im not naming names, make that comment. Get your facts straight GAY, No one can annex PCC without both sides consenting. Plain Georgia Law, look it up.

Now they want you to believe its only one mil. READ THE CHARTER, DID YOU FORGET FRANCHISE FEES? AD VALOREM TAXES? COME ON.. WE ARE VOTNG FOR A FULL FLEDGE CITY NOT A "LITE CITY" YOUR PRESIDENT MIKE MASON, SAID LAST WEEK FOR US TO FORGET THE FEASIBILITY STUDY.. This is their backbone and now we are to forget it.

The people of PCC are not drinking Kool Aid.. If is smells like a skunk, looks like a skunk, its a skunk...

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sur1991 2 years, 5 months ago

I live in Peachtree Corners and love it but not sure on the city lite , we got screwed on the nat gas dereg it still is not fixed any one knows the more middle men the more $ it costs . I do know I do not want to be part of any of the cities ,Norcross , Dunwoody , Sandysprings,or Johns Creek it would be much more 1 mil. I live in a condo we pay for trash in our condo dues would PCC take that over or would we still pay for it in the 1 mil. and not get trash pick up and still pay for it in HOA dues , that would rip off condo owners ie pay the same 1 mil. the single family owners do but we would not get trash pick up ! when you live in a condo you get little to no service from city/county so you pay HOA fees to run our small (city) but we can not deduct from tax bite , so my Q is how would PCC bennifit condo owners that would be in the City of Peachtree Corners ? Matt Surenko

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