Annexation hearings scheduled in Lithonia

City of Lithonia officials scheduled public meetings from May through October to discuss annexation efforts.

According to a news release, the dates for annexation meetings are May 26, June 23, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 22 and Oct. 27, and each meeting will last from 7 – 8 p.m.

City officials said the meetings will be accessible through Zoom with the meeting ID of 828 3277 6521 and 637984 as the password.

In March, Lithonia Mayor Shameka Reynolds and Councilman Ric Dodd said they are spearheading the annexation effort and—if approved by voters—the annexation would add about 340 people to the city.

According to annexation documents, the first step of a three-part annexation plan will expand Lithonia’s city limits to Highway 124, to Rock Chapel Road to the north and to Covington Highway to the south.

In March, city officials said the annexation study showed up to a 5.9 percent increase in taxes in the considered areas, and city officials said they distributed pamphlets to homes in the considered area.  

Reynolds said the increased taxes and smaller jurisdiction—compared to being in unincorporated DeKalb County—lets Lithonia officials focus more attention on residents.

“It makes sense for us to grow,” Reynolds said. “If we have more people, we receive more funding and more help. There are also services we can offer people outside of the city that they don’t have.”

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