2House Bill 37 incorporating Sandy Springs passed on April 15, 2005 and stipulates that City’sgovernmental structure. Sandy Springs began operations on December 1, 2005, contracting witha private company (CH2M Hill-OMI) to provide management and general service delivery.House Bill 1192, passed on May 1, 2006, created the City of Sandy Springs Public FacilitiesAuthority. Additional bills passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2006 provided SandySprings residents the ability to vote on a number of homestead exemptions on July 18
The bill incorporating Sandy Springs stipulates that the City provide the followingservices: taxation and business regulation, property condemnation, contracts, emergencies,environmental protection, ethics, fire regulations, garbage fees, general health, safety andwelfare, sanitation, jail, regulation of vehicles, municipal debt, property ownership, utilities, planning and zoning, public improvements, and public transportation. This City now operates itsown police and fire departments as well. Feedback as to the quality of services and costs thereof have yet to be determined.
Senate Bill 82
Senate Bill 82 was recently introduced in the 2007 session of the Georgia General Assembly toreplace SB 568, a bill initiated in the 2006 session to incorporate Dunwoody. Like SB 568, SB82 provides for an Act:To incorporate the City of Dunwoody in DeKalb County; to provide for a charter for the City of Dunwoody; to provide for incorporation, boundaries, and powersof the city; to provide for general powers and limitations on powers; to providefor a governing authority of such city and the powers, duties, authority, election,terms, method of filling vacancies, compensation, expenses, qualifications, prohibitions, and districts relative to members of such governing authority; to provide for inquiries and investigations; to provide for organization and procedures; to provide for ordinances; to provide for codes; to provide for acharter commission; to provide for the office of mayor and certain duties and powers relative to the office of mayor; to provide for administrativeresponsibilities; to provide for boards, commissions, and authorities; to providefor a city manager, a city attorney, a city clerk, a tax collector, a city accountant,and other personnel; to provide for a municipal court and the judge or judgesthereof; to provide for practices and procedures; to provide for ethics anddisclosures; to provide for taxation, licenses, and fees; to provide for franchises,service charges, and assessments; to provide for bonded and other indebtedness;to provide for accounting and budgeting; to provide for purchases; to provide for homestead exemptions; to provide for bonds for officials; to provide for other
Bills passed by the 2006 Georgia General Assembly regarding homestead exemptions in Sandy Springs included:HB 1034: Freeze assessments with a three percent CPI annual increase; HB 1035: $10,000 for disabled and seniorswith income limitations; HB 1036: Freeze assessments without CPI increase for seniors with annual income of lessthan $39,000; HB 1037: $8,000 for disabled and seniors with income limitations; HB 1038:$15,000 standardexemption; and HB 1039: Full Value exemption for disabled or seniors 70 years or older with income limitations.