House okays referendums on two new cities

[private]The Georgia House adopted two bills Thursday that will call referendums on the incorporation of two new cities.

House members voted 158-3 to approve HB 618, which would create a city of Skidaway Island along the Georgia coast with a population of about 8,400 people.

“I have had no formal opposition from Chatham County or the City of Savannah,” said Rep. Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah).

The House later voted 159-3 to incorporate a city of Sharon Springs, which would be situated in the southeastern corner of Forsyth County and would encompass 50,000 to 55,000 people.

For decades, Forsyth County has had only one city, Cumming, even as the suburban county has grown to more than 220,000 people.

The referendum called under HB 626 would require a majority of 57.5 percent of the votes to pass, said Rep. Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth).

Both bills now move to the state Senate for consideration.

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