Decatur School Board Discusses Annexation Tuesday

The superintendent says the annexation of two mostly commercial areas would be the best option for the school system. Those are the same areas the Decatur city manager recommends.

The Decatur School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, to engage in a very anticlimactic discussion about annexation.

The board is going to make a recommendation to the city commission about how to proceed with annexation. Only a few weeks ago some with a heavy impact on the city school system.

Superintendent Phyllis Edwards is now telling the school board that the best option is what City Manager Peggy Merriss has already recommended--to annex two largely commercial areas on the northeast and northwest corners of the city limits.

That option would add about 500 new residents, compared to .

The city commission is scheduled to decide at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, on how to proceed with annexation. If the commission votes yes, the discussion would move to the state legislature.

Merriss is trying to find out if a referendum is necessary because of the low number of residents who would be affected.

The school board meeting will be held in the Westchester Auditorium at 758 Scott Blvd. To see the full school board agenda, go to the school system website.

Previous stories about annexation:

  • Anenxation would swell student body for City Schools of Decatur.
  • People targeted for annexation complain about Decatur taxes.
easydoesit December 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM
The Decatur schools would make out like bandits with this. The county schools, not so much. So grows the continued span between the haves and have-nots.
bulldogger February 04, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Something no one has asked. It is estimated that revenues derived from the annexation would be approx. $825,000/yr......costs to service the annexed areas are estimated to be $750,000/yr. Will the school system pay costs in the same ratio as revenues derived and if so, how is this beneficial to the school system? Please correct me if i'm wrong, but the school system receives approx. 70% of the ad valorem taxes collected, so this means that the net gain to the school system would be approx. $52,500/yr......($825,000 - $750,000),($75,000*70%) = $52,500. So, someone please tell me....."how is $52,500 per year gonna help the school system"? Something is fishy here and the city manager or someone needs to come clean and tell the tax paying citizens of the City of Decatur what's going on.


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