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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.

PLEASE GET YOUR SPOUSE, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR NEIGHBORS TO SIGN THE PETITION!

 

Where we get our information:

  • Two separate Studies provided the same results

    • In 2016 concerned residents of the island donated funds and paid the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia roughly $30,000 to conduct a study of our specific circumstances regarding becoming a municipality.  

      • They were charged with providing an estimate of the costs associated with becoming an island municipality, specifically as we have described it. 

      • They used comparable data from other existing municipalities to formulate their conclusions.    

    • In 2016 the Glynn County Board of Commissioners paid the Center for Economic Development Research at Georgia Tech over $40,000 to conduct a similar study looking for reasons to not allow a municipality to be formed.

      • They were charged with determining the financial impact a proposed island municipality would have on the county and the city of Brunswick

      • They did not take into account Inter-Governmental Agreements which the new municipality and the county would enter into after the new municipality was formed which would radically change the results to the county.

      • They used county data to formulate their conclusions.

    • Both studies provided virtually the same results.

  • The City Manager of Peachtree Corners has spent much time with us and has been very helpful in providing actual data as to their budget, taxation, city structure, and the management of their city after incorporation.

  • The mayor of Sandy Springs has provided historical data as to their financial experiences as a municipality.

  • The committee involved in the formation of the municipality of Skidaway Island has been helpful in providing information on the process of becoming a municipality.

  • Members of the city councils of the new municipalities of Milton and Johns Creek have provided input as the to their experiences and the needs of a new municipality

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.  

Please sign our petition calling on them to do this.

LET US VOTE ON IT!