Gwinnett commissioners ask lawmakers to consider impacts of new city

By Caleb Hutchins Assistant News Director
Posted 2:00PM on Wednesday 24th January 2024 ( 3 months ago )

Gwinnett County commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday urging state legislators looking to create a new city in the northeast corner of the county to consider the potential impacts of such a move.

Georgia House Majority Leader Chuck Efstration (R-Auburn) and State Senator Clint Dixon (R-Buford) have spearheaded the effort to create the city of Mulberry. The city would encompass an area stretching from the Hall County line and the town of Braselton southward to nearly the city of Dacula.

The resolution passed by Gwinnett commissioners Tuesday said the city's creation could have negative impacts on county residents.

"Incorporation without careful consideration of the proposed city’s structure and service delivery impacts as well as the revenue and taxation impacts could negatively impact the ability of the proposed city, Gwinnett County and the 16 existing cities to provide services to all residents and businesses of the county," a release issued by the county said.

Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson sent a letter earlier in the week to the chairpersons of the county's legislative delegation citing her concerns with the proposed city.

“Through thoughtful, deliberate and fiscally responsible planning, Gwinnett County is recognized as a National Benchmark County in the delivery of superior services,” Hendrickson said. “As Gwinnett County provides all services to the residents and businesses within the area proposed to be incorporated as the new city, the Board of Commissioners urges the members of the General Assembly to take the time to carefully study and thoughtfully deliberate on the creation of a seventeenth city in Gwinnett County.”

Efstration and Dixon have introduced bills during the ongoing legislative session that, if approved, would allow residents of the proposed city to vote on its incorporation.

A map of the proposed city of Mulberry in northeast Gwinnett County

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