The division of Fulton County has been a hot topic in the General Assembly for several years, and now some local leaders have a new proposal that would create Buckhead County.
Carol Davidson is just one of the business owners in the Buckhead community advocating the idea. Davidson owns a clothing boutique and told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman the area needs to be better served.
“I think the people of Buckhead feel that Buckhead is really overlooked as far as services go. Buckhead needs its own identity” Davidson said.
Jim King, chairman of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, agrees that the community should look into the possibility of splitting from Fulton County.
“Any option that improves what we have now I’m open too” King said. “There is a lot of dissatisfaction here in Buckhead with where the tax dollar goes.”
A new county would mean a separate school board for Buckhead. King said the growing dissatisfaction with Atlanta Public Schools, especially after the latest controversy at North Atlanta High School, prompted him to take the idea seriously.
“We need bold action to deal with the Atlanta Public Schools,” King said.
Some Buckhead residents told Stockman they are not totally sold on the idea.
“I kind of have mixed feelings about it because I think Fulton County needs our tax money to survive,” Buckhead resident Vincent Cater said.
State Rep. Edward Lindsey told Stockman it’s a lengthy process to create a new county. Lindsey is a Republican who represents Buckhead.
“Two-thirds of the House and Senate would have to vote for it, and then it would be on a referendum statewide because you would have to increase the number of counties in the state. By the constitution you are only allowed 159,” Lindsey said.
“That's why in this next legislative session I want to focus on things that can be done immediately as opposed to five to 10 years,” Lindsey said.