Below is a response from http://www.decaturish.com/2014/12/regrets-school-board-supports-annexation-plan/ to the article shown above. It fits perfectly about how unfair of Decatur to take money away from the areas of Unincorporated DeKalb where it is more desperately needed and give it to the mostly 1% of Decatur.
“Perhaps I’m a little simple minded, but I don’t get it. Decatur wants all the benefit (tax revenue) of the commercial areas but isn’t able/willing to take on the students in adjoining neighborhoods. Oh, not to mention the more affluent Decatur gets to capture tax revenue (school dollars) from DeKalb county, a school system that is inferior to Decatur’s in almost all academic and socio-economic measures (and therefore arguably in greater need of the school dollars). Why is this not a civil rights issue for the children of DeKalb county? Why is this OK for Decatur’s leadership and the citizens of Decatur? It’s not OK with me. The school overcrowding issue could be addressed in many more creative ways (policies that have an impact in keeping the city’s population down like helping older residents stay in their homes or NOT approving the building of tons of apartments, policies that make it unsavory to tear down small houses and replace them with McMansions, incentives that help attract larger-dollar commercial operations to existing Decatur commercial property (Trader Joe’s in Oakhurst, anyone))?
Grow big and plunder our neighbors’ tax base are not policies I want to be a part of.”