Community holds prayer vigil opposing new city proposal

Community holds prayer vigil opposing new city proposal.

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A group of Henry County neighbors is trying to create a new city called Eagles Landing. And that’s not sitting well with everyone in the area.

On Monday night, leaders in the city of Stockbridge held a prayer vigil at City Hall to protest the effort.

This situation is not like the creation of Brookhaven or Dunwoody, which were created from unincorporated parts of DeKalb County.


This effort would actually allow voters to de-annex from one city to create a whole new one.

"It seems like we don't have a voice in this," a resident told Channel 2's Lauren Pozen. "We can't vote for anything. Only the people who will be affected will vote. I don't think that's right. This is our way of showing support to keep our community together."

Eagles Landing supporters said Stockbridge takes their tax money, but ignores their needs.

According to the mayor of Stockbridge, taking that big a chunk away from Stockbridge would affect the city's bond rating and force it to create a city property tax to make up for the shortfall.

"The split will hurt a lot of seniors like me that are on a fixed income," Tyrone Anderson said.

The two bills that would make the creation of Eagles Landing happen are expected to go in front of the state Senate on Tuesday.