Box 8, Folder 25, Document 6

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The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Saturday declared
its support of an extension of the Atlanta city limits to include all or part of the
North Fulton County area of Sandy Springs.

In a resolution setting out its position, the Board said it is apparent that the
inclusion of Sandy Springs as part of the city would be of mutual benefit to that
community and the City of Atlanta.

The Board said such a move should be based on a favorable expression on
the part of the residents involved. It recommended that the residents of Sandy
Springs be given the opportunity in a referendum during 1966 to express their
preference on whether their area should become part of the city.

The Board's resolution was announced by Pollard Turman, outgoing president
of the Atlanta Chamber.

The Chamber Board urged that Sandy Springs citizens consider all aspects
of the question, particularly the advantages to be gained by residents of the area,
and that they accept the opportunity to join the city. ''Undue delay in giving this
matter thorough and complete consideration would be detrimental to the best
interest of both the Sandy Springs area and the City of Atlanta,"' the Board added.

Cited in the resolution as advantages to Sandy Springs residents by joining
the city were an improved level of urban services, such as sewers, sanitation
services, and fire protection; addition of kindergartens to the public schools;
parks and recreational facilities, and others.

Additionally, the Board said, Sandy Springs residents would be able to
participate in the affairs of the city, around which many of their activities and
interests are centered, by voting on officials and programs undertaken by the


The actual increase in cost to residents for improved services and other
advantages would be moderate, the Board said. Although the ad valorem taxes
on homes would be higher, this would be partially offset by reduced service
charges and lower fire insurance rates, once fire protection facilities had been
upgraded to City of Atlanta standards.

Based on the latest available information, the Board found that the owner
of a typical single-family frame residence, with a value of $20, 000 and located
on a 100-foot lot, would pay only about $38.00 more annually, Taxes and service
charges would be about $64.00 higher but fire insurance rates some $26.00 lower.

December 31 1965

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