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Box 8, Folder 25, Document 6

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The Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Saturday declared its support of an ex ension of the Atlanta city limit s to include all or part of the North Fulton County area of Sandy Springs . In a r esolution setting out its position, the Board said it is apparent that the inclusion of Sandy Spr ings as par t of the city would be of mutual benefit to that community and t he City of Atlanta.

The Board said such a move should be based on a favorable expression on the par t of the residents involved . It recommended that the residents of Sandy Springs be given t he oppor t unity in a refer endum during 1966 to express their preference on whe her t heir area should become part of the city. The Boa r d rs esolution was announced by Pollard Turman, outgo_ing president of t he Atlanta Chamber. The Chambe r Board urged that Sandy Spr ings citizens consider all aspects of the question, par icula r ly t he advantages to be gained by residents of the area, a nd tha t they accep he oppor tunity to join the city . "Undue delay in giving this matter borough and complete consideration would be detrimental to the best interest of bot h h e Sandy Springs area and the City of Atlanta," the Board added. Cited in t he resolution as a dvantages to Sa ndy Springs residents by joining the city were a n impr oved l evel of ur ban services , such as sewers , sanitation services , a nd fir e pr otection; a ddition of kinder gartens to the public schools; parks and r ecr eat iona l facilities , and others . · Additionally , t he Board sa id, Sandy Springs re sidents would be able to participate in t he affair s of the city , around which m a ny of their activities and int erests a r e center e d, by voting on officials and programs undertaken by the city . The actual increase in cost to residents for impr oved services and other a dvantages would be moder a te , the Boa rd said. Although the ad valorem taxes on homes would be higher , this would be partially offset by reduced service charges and lower fi r e insurance rates , once fir e p r otection facilities had been upgraded to City of Atla nta s tandards . Ba sed on t he la test a vailable information, the Boar d found that the owner of a typi cal s ingle --fami y frame residence , with a value of $20 , 000 and located on a 100- foo t lot , would pa y only a.bout $38 . 00 mor e annually . Taxes a nd service c ha r ge s would be about $64 " 00 highe r but fi r e insur ance r ates some $26 . 0 0 lower . December 31 1965

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