Buckhead cityhood opposition group says it will keep fighting, too
By John Ruch
The main opposition group to Buckhead cityhood says it will keep fighting, despite key legislation apparently being dead in the water, because proponents aren’t giving up.
“There is still a chance that legislation to de-annex the Buckhead neighborhood could be brought back before the [General Assembly] session ends in early April,” the CUA wrote in a Feb. 17 email to its supporters. “Moreover, we should anticipate that similar language may be submitted next year.”
Asked later whether the CUA believes there is a specific mechanism for reviving the legislation or is just responding to continued cityhood agitation, co-chair Edward Lindsey said, “At this point, simply the latter. As long as BCC continues to keep up the rhetoric, we will stay vigilant.”
Cityhood legislation was declared dead for this session earlier this month by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who directs the flow of Senate bills, and House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge). Ralston said new Mayor Andre Dickens deserves time to tackle crime, the core political driver of cityhood. Duncan said the BCC had failed to provide answers to key questions about such issues as Atlanta Public Schools and bond debt impacts and called Bill White, the group’s leader, “disgusting” for inventing a conspiracy theory about the suicide of MARTA’s CEO.
However, the BCC has said it will continue its advocacy. On Feb. 16, the group announced a “two-step plan” that essentially just meant it will keep doing the same thing. The group doubled down on White’s leadership, saying he will remain CEO, and stated a general intent to “continue its fundraising efforts and keep pushing for a vote on cityhood.”