We are a group of concerned citizens, residents of Saint Simons Island, who care about the future of the island and want to do something to protect this wonderful place we call home.

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Whether or not you agree that a municipality is a good idea,

we should be able to vote on it.

What an Island Municipality Costs


  • Having the opportunity to control our own zoning through becoming a municipality will not be free if we are going to keep Glynn County financially whole. 

    • If we are going to actually fight lawsuits brought by developers wanting to build whatever they desire on the island, we need to be ready to pay for the costs of these legal battles. 

    • A University of Georgia study, commissioned by concerned citizens in 2016, determined that if none of the taxes which a new island municipality could legally collect were transferred to the county, the island municipality would show an excess of revenues over expenses of roughly $1.4 million a year.

    • However, a study paid for by Glynn County indicated that under this scenario Glynn County would find that they would have a negative fiscal impact of $2.7 million.

    • As we have stated elsewhere on this site, we expect an outcome of negotiations with the Glynn County Board of Commissioners in which, after the island becomes a municipality, the county will have no fiscal impact, (will be made whole) and the county will continue to provide most of the services which they now provide to the island .  To do this, the new municipality will have to transfer their excess revenues to the county leaving the municipality to somehow raise less than $1.5 million a year.

    • Both of the studies referenced under other headings and the actual Peachtree Corners budget, indicate that, under our scenario, new money needed to manage our municipality would be less than $ 1.5 million a year. 

    • This does not translate to a high cost per island resident.

    • See “Island Taxes” under "Costs and Taxes" in the above drop down menu for how this relates to you.

  • Once a municipality is created, various fees could offset much of the cost of the municipality.

    • The municipality will have the opportunity to enact new ordinances such as impact fees and other new sources of income to the municipality that would reduce the need for island municipality property taxes.

  • Some will say that it is worth a small island property tax to maintain the character of the island. 

                 (See "Island Taxes" in the drop down menu under "Costs and Taxes" for more  tax information.)

  • Others may feel differently. 

  • We should at least be given the opportunity to vote on it.

For island residents to control island development, our Ga. State Senate and House Representatives will need to present and pass a bill at the state level, subject to our later vote, creating an island municipality.


Not until they do this can we vote on whether or not we are willing to take on this responsibility.