City Administrator Outlines Winder's Reasons for Seeking to Expand Boundaries

Public safety and service delivery are cited as the primary reason the city is looking to extend its city limits to Ga. Highway 316.

A recent report by the Barrow Journal that the city of Winder has begun an "aggressive annexation plan" to extend its city limits all the way to Ga. Highway 316 has been confirmed by Mayor David Maynard and Winder City Administrator Donald Toms.  

Toms responding to questions from Barrow Patch with the following e-mail. 

The City of Winder is looking to grow it’s boundaries. The primary reason was for public safety and service delivery. In Winder we have streets where some houses are in the County while others are in the City which causes confusion for public safety when called upon. 

As you may be aware the City provides natural gas to the majority of Barrow County and around 70% of the water. As a utility provider it is easier to regulate our utilities if they were within our jurisdiction. With this said we are looking to clean up our boundaries. 

In regards to 316, it is a natural assumption that this is the area of high commercial growth. As the provider of water and natural gas we would like to be out there for future customers. 

In terms of benefits for the City, it could be stated as for Economy of scale. For the Fire Department the money collected on the fire tax would shift from the County to Winder. Business licenses would shift from the County to Winder. With greater populations and land size it is easier to attract business and receive funding from the State.

The larger the population the more sales tax received. Please note that none of the reasons indicated would have an adverse fiscal impact on those annexing in.

Barrow Patch asked in April, "Is the Bethlehem Area at 316 and 81 the 'New Winder'?" 

What do you think about the city's plans for expansion? Tell us in the comments section below. 

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Marne M September 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM
"Please note that none of the reasons indicated would have an adverse fiscal impact on those annexing in." Are the taxes for the City of Winder not higher than those of the unincorporated part of Barrow County?
Connie Cameron October 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I wish they would concentrate on changing the traffic pattern through downtown so it would be more attractive to new businesses.
Deanna Allen October 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
What kind of flow would you like to see, Connie?
thcooper69 October 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM
collect taxes ,expand into trailer park areas and inact clean and buetiful act . excessive road blocks to make sure those driving have insurance to protect and serve all . gwinnet harvests alota criminals from these areas ,dui drugs ect . the city needs this revenue ,not the county !


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